Rafael Devers breaks out the English again
It was the most recent suggestion that the Red Sox are absolutely for real.
The Sox' 6-3 win over the Guardians - the first-place Guardians - only advanced the narrative that Alex Cora's club could hang with the American League's elite. Along with the series win over the Cardinals, marking their territory at Progressive Field was certainly one of the highlights in what has now become a 17-4 month of June.
How the Red Sox managed their latest win was fitting, as well.
You had one of the American League's hottest starters, Nick Pivetta, continue his march toward an All-Star berth, giving up two runs over seven innings. Since May 7, no pitcher in baseball has won as many games as Pivetta (8), who has totaled a 1.85 ERA in that time.
There was also John '8 Mile' Schreiber, who also continued to serve as one of the key elements during this Red Sox' run. This time the righty reliever pitched a perfect eighth inning against the meat of the Guardians' batting order. He also may be making a run at a trip to Los Angeles in mid-July, having surrendered just two earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.
And then there was the daily reminder that the Red Sox are more than just their go-to guys.
With Xander Bogaerts sitting this one out, Christian Arroyo - who hadn't played since June 12 due to COVID - keyed both the defense and offense, with his signature moment coming in the 405-foot, two-run homer in the seventh inning that broke a 2-2 tie.
While the injury issues haven't slowed down (pitcher Garrett Whitlock has now had to be drawn back on after some discomfort), neither have the Red Sox.
Arroyo was the latest example of filling in the gaps, with outfielder Rob Refsnyder continuing his contributions with Kiké Hernandez still sidelined.
It might not have all been part of the plan, but it is now.
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