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Steve Pearce suffers a setback, recalled from rehab stint

Steve Pearce suffers a setback, recalled from rehab stint

Steve Pearce was supposedly close to returning to the Boston Red Sox. However, it appears that his rehab will be delayed once again.

Pearce has missed time in his recent Triple-A stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the big-league Sox have decided to recall him from his rehab assignment, as the team confirmed in a recent press release.

It had initially been reported that Pearce, who has been dealing with a low back strain, may try to rejoin the Red Sox as soon as this week in the series against the Toronto Blue Jays. But that will not be the case. He will stay on the IL, where he has been since June 1.

Pearce is in the midst of a frustrating campaign, as he has only been able to hit .180 with a homer this season. It's a far cry from his World Series MVP form and the ideal platoon-mate he proved to be with Mitch Moreland last year. And the injury woes have only compounded his inability to produce.

With Pearce still on the shelf, the Red Sox will continue to use Michael Chavis as the team's primary first baseman. Chavis has hit well for the team -- batting .261 with 14 homers -- but he has committed four errors in 29 games at first base. He will continue on as the everyday player at first with Pearce and Moreland out.

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Watch Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway Park debut

Watch Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway Park debut

Following a standing ovation at Fenway Park, Mike Yastrzemski did not disappoint a few innings later.

In his debut at Fenway, the grandson of Carl Yastrzemski blasted a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning off Nathan Eovaldi to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox. 

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What an unbelievable moment. For the first time in 36 years, a Yastrzemski has hit a home run at Fenway Park. 

This was young Yaz's 20th homer of the season. Unfortunately, his grandfather was not in attendance as he left before the game because he was too nervous to watch in person (he conducted interviews with his grandson at the park Tuesday afternoon). However, he was watching at home and will be at Fenway to watch his grandson play on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Yazstremski hit a home run to center field in his third at-bat in the fourth inning off Nathan Eovaldi to extend the Giants 5-1 lead. It was his 20th homer of the season.

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. 

In his first at-bat, the Fenway faithful rose to their feet and gave the younger Yaz a well-deserved standing ovation.

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Playing at Fenway is something he's always dreamed of, and before he took the field, he noted he was looking forward to soaking in and appreciating the experience. 

Although he was excited to take the same field and patrol the same position in left field in front of the Green Monster where his grandfather once played, Yastrzemski noted that being in the stands for the 1999 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Fenway were more overwhelming than the thought of actually playing in Boston. 

Playing in such a historic ballpark is memorable to begin with, but Yastrzemski, 29, will be battling some pretty tough expectations throughout the Giants' three-game series at Fenway. It doesn't seem like he'll let that get to him though.

The Andover, Mass., native is putting together a nice rookie season for the Giants with a .265 batting average, 19 home runs, 51 RBI and a .833 OPS. What's more interesting about those stats, though, is that they almost mirror his grandfather's rookie season with Boston -- .266 with 11 homers, 80 RBI and a .721 OPS. 

Before the game, Yastrzemski and his grandfather took a stroll through left. We can only imagine what they talked about -- probably discussing how to play the Monster. 

While the younger Yaz had plenty of family watching him make his Fenway debut. His 80-year-old grandfather left the park before the game began (he said he'd be too nervous to watch in person) but said he'll be back at Fenway for the games Wednesday and Thursday. 

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