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  1. Merkle's Boner

    6/13 Vs Tex. Two in a row

    Oh baby! No Confidence Water!
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    6/13 Vs Tex. Two in a row

    Try the pickoff again!
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    6-8 beat Tamper

    About to head in with Merk Jr. FYI Pride Parade starts at 12:00 from Copley so if you usually park in Back Bay it might be a little crowded. Globe said 750,000 spectators were there last year! Beautiful day to play two!
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    6/5 @ KC

    WTF is happening over there? That’s the second time they’ve missed a hit.
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    5/27 - JRod vs Porky

    With this lead I’d like to see Cora take Xander out for the rest of the game. Holt to SS, Chavis to 2B, and Moreland in at 1B.
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    5/24. Bos at Hou

    Interesting that Cora is going with Chavis again in the leadoff. Seems to be flipping him and Benny in the lineup.
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    The Home Grown Red Sox

    I'd include Ryan Pressly in the pen. Definitely one that got away.
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    FWIW, Chavis is starting at 1B today. It would appear Cora will do what he can to keep him in th elineup, as he should.
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    Well I don’t believe that’s going to happen until Pedroia has shown he is not up to the task even when healthy, or that he will never be healthy enough again to play every day. That time may happen later this summer but it’s gonna be a few more months. And obviously Xander and Devers can play...
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    I think the only things I would add is that Chavis can back up 3B, it's what he had been playing in the minors. And I would pencil in Holt for OF duty if needed. There's no way Holt and Nunez can both be on this roster if Pedroia is healthy.
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    Agreed and I think that’s the tough spot Cora is gonna find himself in. I think he will feel, whether he should or not, that he needs to give Pedroia every opportunity to win back his job. He’s gonna want to keep Chavis in the lineup while this occurs, which is why I suggested maybe giving him...
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    Nunez is the only guy on the roster who can play SS in a pinch, so I don’t think he’s going anywhere until Holt is back. I don’t see them putting Chavis at SS. Or Pedey of course if he’s first back.
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    So it's becoming clearer every day that Chavis has to stay in the lineup every day when Pedey/Holt return. One option is to release WS hero Steve Pearce and have Chavis be the platoon partner for Mitch on days when Pedey can play 2B. In that scenario Holt would probably replace Nunez as the...
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    May 14 Colorado at Fenway Part 1 "Sale Day"

    It amazes me that anyone can argue that tonight’s Chris Sale was not the best option in the 8th. That was one of the most amazing performances I’ve ever seen.
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    May 14 Colorado at Fenway Part 1 "Sale Day"

    How does Sale not give you the best chance to win this game?
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    Champions League - The Final Four

    If Ajax keeps playing this high line on set plays, Spurs are gonna get one of these.
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    Champions League - The Final Four

    Wow that was not a good look. Vertonghen was out on his feet.
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    Champions League - The Final Four

    It's like they're fighting off a power play. Just icing the ball every chance they get it.