Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland explains why he connected Rafael Devers with future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre

Mitch Moreland explains why he connected Rafael Devers with future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mitch Moreland saw locker mate Rafael Devers struggling early last season and wanted to do something to help. Unfortunately, there was a language barrier, because Devers speaks Spanish and Moreland speaks what he calls "Mississippi."

But he knew one man who could make a difference -- future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre.

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The two played together in Texas on opposite corners of the diamond, and Moreland figured the Gold Glove third baseman could provide some guidance for Devers, who boasts similar superstar potential.

"I was like, man, I happen to know the greatest third baseman whoever came out of the Dominican Republic, I'm sure this guy knows Adrian, probably looks up to him, a role model to Raff," Moreland explained on Friday. "I was like, you want to talk to Adrian? He goes, think he would? I was like, yeah. I texted and called Adrian and he was like, man, please, give him my number, get us in contact, and they talked a few times. Adrian, I think checked on him. Adrian is that type of guy. I mean, first-class, professional teammate. I still talk to him today for stuff I have to deal with.

"I can't think of a better person for Raff to be in contact with to help him through the struggles, through the highs and the lows as far as that goes."

Devers and Beltre ending up talking once or twice a month for the rest of the season. Devers, at 22, put Beltre's advice to good use, finishing a breakout campaign with a league-leading 54 doubles and 359 total bases, batting .311 with 32 homers, 115 RBI, and a .916 OPS.

"Raff, he's going to be a special player for a long time, so if he can learn a little something from Adrian to help him, great," Moreland said. "I thought that would be a good one to know, a good one to talk to. That's kind of what happened and the reason I got them in contact or even got it started."


 

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland will return to Boston for the 2020 season.

The 34-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Red Sox on a one-year deal with a club option for 2021, the team announced Tuesday. 


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It's a $3 million contract for Moreland, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Moreland missed time with multiple injuries in 2019, hitting .252 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games.

To make room for Moreland on the roster, right-hander Denyi Reyes was designated for assignment.

Highlights of the Red Sox' 10-3 win over the Rangers

Highlights of the Red Sox' 10-3 win over the Rangers

FINAL SCORE:  Red Sox 10, Rangers 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox hit three home runs (Christian Vazquez, Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers) to shatter the franchise record for homers in a season and potential free agent Rick Porcello (6 H, 3 ER, 6 IP, 8 K's) won what was likely his final start for Boston in a 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The 241 homers by the Sox surpass the 239 they hit in 2003. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 83-75

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Choo doubles to right, moves to third on Andrus single to right, Calhoun hit by a pitch, loading the bases, Odor doubles to right, scoring Choo and Andrus, Calhoun out at the plate (2-0, TEX).

Guzman singled to left, scoring Odor (3-0, TEX).

2nd inning:
Martinez singles to left, Vázquez reaches on fielder's choice, moves to third on Moreland's single to center, G. Hernandez walks, Bradley Jr. grounds out, scoring Vázquez (3-1, TEX).

Owings singles to center, scoring Moreland and G. Hernández (tied, 3-3).

3rd inning:
Bogaerts singles to right, Vázquez hits a two-run homer to left off Allard on a 2-and-2 pitch (5-3, BOS). 

VAZQUEZ HR SETS THE TEAM RECORD OF 239 IN A SEASON:

6th inning:
(Martin replaces Farrell on the mound) León reaches second on throwing error by third baseman Da. Santana. Moreland hits a two-run homer to center on a 2-1 pitch (7-3, BOS).

7th inning:
(J. Hernández replaces Farrell on the mound) Devers homers to right on a 1-0 pitch (BOS, 8-3).

9th inning:
(Gibaut replaces J. Hernandez on the mound) Benintendi walks, moves to third on Devers' double to left, Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Benintendi (9-3, BOS).

Martinez singles to right, scoring Devers (10-3, BOS).


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Vs. Orioles, Friday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
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