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Devers, Sale snap Red Sox losing streak (0:51)
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Sox's summer certainty: Sale remains hot

With 11 strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-0 win at Seattle, Chris Sale has fanned 56 batters in 34 2/3 innings during July.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Still no Red Sox move to create spot for Eduardo Nunez, but Rafael Devers has to stay, right? "He hasn't hurt his cause by any means with what he's done in a very short look," manager John Farrell said. "We've talked quite a bit recently about the need to get offense, and today is a display of what he's capable of doing. So, he's taking care of what he can on his end."

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Sale fans 11 in strong outing (0:33)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 4, Mariners 0: Chris Sale did it again, while Rafael Devers achieved a few firsts. Sale tossed seven scoreless innings and fanned 11 batters, marking his career-high 14th double-digit strikeout game this season. Devers recorded his first career hit -- a home run, no less -- against Mariners starter Andrew Moore in the third inning. Between them, the Cy Young favorite and the youngest player in the majors led the Red Sox to a victory that capped a 2-4 trip to the West Coast.

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Devers' first hit is a homer (0:26)

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Chris Sale registered his 14th game with double-digit strikeouts this season. That's the 3rd most in a single season in Red Sox history, trailing only Pedro Martínez, who had 19 10-K games in 1999 and 15 in 2000.

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Mariners lefty Marc Rzepczynski has given up eight hits this season to left-handed hitters and held lefties to .220 average in his career, but Rafael Devers notched a two-out single against him in the top of the seventh.

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Red Sox's Devers launches HR for 1st MLB hit

Rafael Devers became the first Red Sox player since Daniel Nava in 2010 to homer for his first major league hit when he took Mariners right-hander Andrew Moore deep Wednesday at Safeco Field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers (20 years, 275 days old) is the youngest Red Sox player to hit a home run since Tony Conigliaro in September 1965, according to the team.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers' first big-league hit is a solo homer to straightaway center field at Safeco. That's one way to convince the Red Sox to keep him around.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have signed undrafted rookie DE Caleb Kidder to their 90-man roster, according to Kidder's agents at Reign Sports. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Kidder, who played in college at Montana, had signed with the Minnesota Vikings after the draft. He was released last week. The Patriots had an open spot on the 90-man roster and don't need to make a corresponding roster move.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater said players would be foolish to believe and buy into what is being said about the team. Slater said that he finds some of the talk/hype disrespectful, which seemed to be a reference to a possible undefeated season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox don't seem to be considering a DL stint for Xander Bogaerts, who has dealt with groin injury, bruised hand and illness and is 4-for-34 with eight strikeouts in his last nine games. Timing, not injury, is the problem, according to John Farrell. "When you watch him in his early work, watch the BP he takes, it's hard to suggest any ailment is affecting his swing because he's driving the baseball out of the ballpark with routine ability," Farrell said.

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