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MLB Rumors: Ex-Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg signs with the Dodgers

MLB Rumors: Ex-Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg signs with the Dodgers

Tyler Thornburg's injury-plagued Red Sox career ended on July 10 when the team released him, but he has signed with another contender in the LA Dodgers, according to Rob Bradford.

Thornburg was supposed to be a major acquisition for the Red Sox back in the winter of 2016. The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw to the Brewers in exchange for the right-handed reliever, and while Shaw has been a definite plus for Milwaukee, hitting 63 home runs from 207-18, Thornburg only pitched in 41 games since the trade. 

It was a really unfortunate development for the Sox and Thornburg. With the Brewers, he posted a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 2016 and could have been a key piece in the Boston bullpen for their World Series run as well this season. Given the Sox need and desire to trade for bullpen arms, having Thornburg as a consistent presence would really have helped this year's team. 

But that's how trades go sometimes. The Red Sox were right for swinging for Thornburg's production, but now they have to look to try out another pitcher or two to bolster their bullpen and put their team in prime position for another deep run in October. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox 7-4 loss to the Dodgers

Highlights from the Red Sox 7-4 loss to the Dodgers

FINAL SCORE: Dodgers 7, Red Sox 4

IN BRIEF:  The Red Sox squandered multiple opportunities to win in extras Sunday night but it was the Dodgers that capitalized on their runners in scoring position to claim the series. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 50-43

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

AJ Pollock snuck a three-run home run past Pesky's Pole, Taylor and Turner scored (3-0 LAD)

Andrew Benintendi reached on infield single, Betts and Bogaerts scored (3-2 LAD)

4th inning

Michael Chavis makes an excellent catch in front of Red Sox dugout

5th inning

Pollock singled to left, Freese scored (4-2 LAD)

8th inning

Xander Bogaerts homered to left (4-3 LAD)
JD Martinez homered to center (4-4)

12th inning

Max Muncy walked, Pederson scored (5-4 LAD)
Verdugo singled to center, Bellinger scored (6-4 LAD)
Russell Martin grounded into fielders choice, Pollock scored (7-4 LAD)

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WATCH: Michael Chavis makes terrific leaning catch vs Dodgers

WATCH: Michael Chavis makes terrific leaning catch vs Dodgers

Michael Chavis has given the Red Sox a nice boost offensively as a rookie this season, but on Sunday night he flashed the leather to help out his pitcher David Price against the Dodgers. 

In the fourth inning, Kike Hernandez popped it up near the Red Sox dugout on the first base side. It looked a bit too far for Chavis to reach over and make the catch, but the rookie sensation made the outstretched grab with his teammates ready to catch him. 

Chavis continues to fill in nicely for Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce over at first base, and even when one or both of those return to take over full time again, we should expect to see Chavis stay in the lineup and slide over to second base. 

The right handed power threat posts a .258/.327/.458 slash line to go along with 15 home runs and 48 RBI entering Sunday's game. With Dustin Pedroia's unfortunate battle with injuries this season and injuries to Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez at times, you can group Chavis in with the select group of Red Sox that have contributed to keeping this team afloat in the playoff race. 

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