Raphael Davers, Diesel writer

Rafael Devers was out of the Red Sox’s starting line-up against the Oriole yesterday, and was replaced by Marwin Gonzalez on third base.

What happens with Devers?

This might be a normal day early in the season, but it’s likely a mental break after several defensive failures so far in their opening weekend. The 24-year-old is 6-0 in two games and Boston coach Alex Cora might just try to give Devers a break to get back on track for the series with Rays starting Monday.

In Boston, they expect a second wind from Devers, confident in the sentence it’s not how it starts but how it ends.

Persevere at YERMÍN. Yermín Mercedes is 28 years old and has been active in professional baseball for a decade. He signed with the Citizens as in March 2011 at the age of 18. He spent the 2014 season in the Independent League after being released by the Nats in August 2013. He didn’t even play in the high-profile independent leagues. He had to try to get back into the United and Pecos leagues in the American Southwest. He scored 17 at home points and amassed 1124 OPS in 61 combined games at this level. These numbers caught the attention of the Orioles, who signed him as a free agent for the minor league in September 2014.

Three years later, White Sox took him into the Junior League’s Fifth Rule Draft of 2017. He remained a beating machine on minors while he was still working on his defense. At Triple-A in 2019 (17 homers, 1033 OPS in Charlotte). Mercedes received an invitation to the White Sox alternate site last season and then made his MLB debut with at-bat on August 2, 2020. In 2021, in his first two matches, he has scored 8 straight hits, and is the first player of the modern era. An era (since 1900) to start a season with this production, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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I PERDOMO THE 814. The first Dominican rookie this year is Giraldo Perdomo Shortstop and 814 Lifetime. A citizen of Santo Domingo aged 21, he is from Arizona and in Lidhoe to The Bulls.

Favorites today: St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Yankees.

A similar day to today: 2010: Albert Pujols, MVP of 2009, started the year with two runs at home and the Cardinal beat the Reds 11-6.

2010: In his debut with Velez, Roy Halladay threw seven powerful rounds to lead the club to an 11-1 victory over Washington in the presence of President Barack Obama.

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