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Red Sox Top Prospect Rafael Devers Reportedly Promoted To Triple-A

15 July 2017

In the fourth inning, Mookie Betts unleashed a 93.1 miles per hour throw to second base, to nail Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.

"You want to either be in first place or in striking distance around the deadline, so the club feels (that) 'Hey, we've got a shot, let's go do this or that, " said manager Joe Girardi before the game.

Sanchez's blast that cleared the wall to send the ball into the Boston streets may not have resulted in a Yankees victory, but it was one of several no-doubt home runs as baseball returned from the All-Star break. Gray lasted just two innings in Friday's loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits with just one strikeout and three walks.

The Yankees are now facing what could be an terrible weekend that potentially could effectively end their division chances, if they were to get swept.

Either way, don't expect the Red Sox to be looking for any long-term answers at third base. The Red Sox could get that production (or lack of it) from Deven Marrero. Sandoval still ended up on the disabled list twice and his numbers were even worse, offensively and defensively.

The Reds were shut out for only the second time this season. He should be fresh for the second half.

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Felipe Rivero (4-2) earned the win after retiring the Cardinals on seven pitches in the top of the ninth. The 20-year-old hit.300 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs in 77 games with Double-A Portland this year.

Here is where "Trader Dave" Dombrowski may go to work.

Wish number four is for bullpen help in the form of Phillies All-Star reliever, Pat Neshek. He's only batting.250 against lefties this season. Neshek has allowed only five walks in 351/3 innings.

This would have been a big win, if Gary Sanchez's mammoth, go-ahead fifth-inning home run and the four scoreless innings of relief from Chad Green, Adam Warren and Dellin Betances had held up. David Ortiz was gone, so someone needed to fill his ebuillent leadership role in the clubhouse and on the field. Bogaerts is a key.

"He's swinging the bat like he did the second half of a year ago", Farrell said.

Boston's goal this weekend needs to be the following: foot on the gas pedal, take no prisoners, defend Fenway.

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Devers is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox organization and No. 14 overall among minor league players.

It wasn't a great first half for the guy that was going to carry the middle of the Sox lineup this year.

Hanley Ramirez, who hit a two-run homer off Montgomery, clubbed a single off the Monster against Warren, putting runners at the corners in the seventh.

But if the Panda really did get "fat and happy" in Boston, is there any chance he could turn slim and motivated somewhere else? Dustin Pedroia and his strut bring a lot and Chris Sale has been a plus.

It won't cost a team much to find out. You saw it in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

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Red Sox Top Prospect Rafael Devers Reportedly Promoted To Triple-A