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MLB Rumors: Red Sox scouted pitchers Matthew Boyd and Mike Minor in Detroit

MLB Rumors: Red Sox scouted pitchers Matthew Boyd and Mike Minor in Detroit

With Nathan Eovaldi moving to the bullpen once he returns from the injured list, the Red Sox are left with a void in the starting rotation.

That means they could shift their focus at the trade deadline to adding a low-cost starter rather than a reliever. In fact, it appears Boston may already be surveying its options.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Red Sox and Padres were the only two teams to send scouts to Detroit on June 26 for a matchup between Tigers starter Matthew Boyd and Rangers starter Mike Minor.

Rosenthal writes:

For what it’s worth, the Padres and Red Sox were the only teams to fly in scouts to Detroit for the June 26 start between two potential trade candidates, Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd and Rangers lefty Mike Minor.

The intent of scouting missions is not always as clear as it seems – evaluators sometimes focus on less-than-obvious targets. Boyd certainly did not help his value in June by allowing 10 home runs in 29 innings and having his ERA increase from 2.85 to 3.72.

Boyd, a 28-year-old left-hander, started the season off strong but has struggled for the lowly Tigers as of late. He has a 3.72 ERA with 129 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings pitched.

As for Minor, the veteran southpaw has impressed in his age 31 season posting a 2.54 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 117 innings. The Rangers dealing Minor seems less likely than the Tigers trading Boyd as Texas very much remains in the mix for an American League Wild Card spot.

For what it's worth, Minor tossed a complete game and allowed only one run in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Tigers on June 26. Boyd tossed seven innings while allowing four runs and striking out 11.

Until Boston adds another arm, you can expect a combination of spot-starters such as Hector Velazquez and Steven Wright to take the mound in the fifth rotation slot.

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Michael Chavis does spot-on Adrian Beltre impression with latest home run

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Michael Chavis does spot-on Adrian Beltre impression with latest home run

Michael Chavis went deep vs. the Rangers on Thursday night, and he did it in style.

The Red Sox rookie crushed one over the Green Monster while going down on one knee. Coincidentally, that's the kind of home run former Rangers great Adrian Beltre was known for.

Take a look below:

The resemblance is uncanny.

Chavis' homer marked his 11th of the season. The rookie has been caught in a slump as of late, so the Red Sox hope Thursday night's blast is the start of another hot streak for the 23-year-old.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 7-6 win over the Rangers

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Highlights from the Red Sox 7-6 win over the Rangers

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 7, Rangers 6

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox hit five home runs to make up for all of their offense Thursday night in a 7-6 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 36-34

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Elvis Andrus singles to center, Choo scores (1-0 TEX)

Hunter Pence has home run taken away from insane bounce off right field wall, DeShields scores on the double (2-0 TEX)

Logan Forsythe singles, Andrus and Pence score (4-0 TEX)

J.D. Martinez crushes a solo homer to center (4-1 TEX)

2nd inning

Andrus singles to left, Choo and DeShields score (6-1 TEX)

Jackie Bradley Jr. belts a three-run home run (6-4 TEX)

4th inning

Michael Chavis launches a solo homer off one knee (6-5 TEX)

5th inning

Rafael Devers gets in on the action, hits a solo home run to the deepest part of Fenway (6-6)

7th inning

Xander Bogaerts puts the Red Sox ahead with a homer over the Green Monster (7-6)

UP NEXT:

@Orioles, Friday, 7:05 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Saturday, 4:05 p.m., NESN
@Orioles, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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