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Why Red Sox chairman Tom Werner likes team's chances in 60-game MLB season

Why Red Sox chairman Tom Werner likes team's chances in 60-game MLB season

After a four-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball is set to return next month with a season that will be unlike anything we've seen before.

The 2020 MLB campaign will be 60 games, which obviously is an enormous change from the 162-game seasons we've grown accustomed to. To put it into perspective, the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals were a subpar 27-33 after 60 games.

A shortened season could benefit teams that may not have otherwise been built to last a full 162-game schedule. In a conversation with WBZ-TV's Dan Roche, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner explained why he likes Boston's title chances in a 60-game marathon.

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“What’s good about 60 games is that every game is important. Any team is capable of going on a 10-game winning streak and we’ve got some enormous talent on the team,” Werner told Roche on Friday. “It’s a shame that Chris Sale isn’t playing, but I would compare the left side of our infield [Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts] to any infield in baseball and J.D. Martinez is an outstanding DH. I like our chances.”

There absolutely is too much talent in the Red Sox lineup to count them out in 2020, but pitching has always been the concern. Following the loss of Chris Sale to Tommy John surgery and the trade that sent David Price to Los Angeles, Eduardo Rodriguez will be counted on to anchor a rotation that also consists of Nathan Eovaldi, Ryan Weber, Martin Perez, Brian Johnson, and Collin McHugh. Not exactly "murderer's row."

Of course, in a season that will be abbreviated by a whopping 102 games, anything is possible.

MLB has yet to officially announce a schedule, but Opening Day is expected to be on July 23.

Red Sox vs. Rays highlights: J.D. Martinez homers, but Sox pitching struggles in 8-7 loss

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Red Sox vs. Rays highlights: J.D. Martinez homers, but Sox pitching struggles in 8-7 loss

FINAL SCORE: Tampa Bay Rays 8, Boston Red Sox 7

IN BRIEF: J.D. Martinez's first home run of the season was a bright spot, but the Red Sox pitching staff was not as they dropped Game 1 of their series vs. the Rays on Monday night. Boston used six different pitchers in the loss and none of them had an answer for Tampa Bay as they allowed a combined 16 hits and eight walks.

Backup catcher Kevin Plawecki had a nice night for the Red Sox with three hits and two RBI, and Jonathan Arauz collected his first three MLB hits and two RBI.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 6-10

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HIGHLIGHTS

J.D. snaps the slump

Kiermaier robs Arauz

Arauz notches first MLB hit

Rays rally

Choi puts Rays ahead

Rays pile it on

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Michael Chavis lets slip hilariously off-color reaction to Jonathan Arauz being robbed of first hit

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Michael Chavis lets slip hilariously off-color reaction to Jonathan Arauz being robbed of first hit

Michael Chavis was really pulling for rookie rule 5 pick Jonathan Arauz to record his first hit on Monday night. So when the infielder ripped a Ryan Yarbrough offering to deep center field, Chavis thrust both arms over his head in celebration.

Just one problem: Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

Kiermaier raced onto the warning track and appeared to mistime his leap, but managed to hang in the air just long enough to corral the drive before tumbling to the dirt in front of the center field fence. Instead of his first big-league knock, the 22-year-old Panamanian simply had his first loud out, and Chavis couldn't hide his frustration on his teammate's behalf.

When he realized the ball had landed in Kiermaier's glove, Chavis dropped his hands and raised his middle finger in Kiermaier's direction before simply covering his face.

Not the first time the three-time Gold Glover has elicited that reaction, and undoubtedly not the last.