BOSTON Teams

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox believed to still be focusing on relievers and third basemen before the trade deadline. They had scouts watching Philadelphia (Pat Neshek) and Detroit (Justin Wilson), among other teams, within the past few days. Although they're hoping top prospect Rafael Devers gives them the lift that Andrew Benintendi did a year ago, the continued third-base interest is presumably for a fallback option.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers will bat ninth in his major-league debut for the Red Sox tonight at Safeco Field. He will face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

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Mariners blank Red Sox (0:40)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In 17 games since July 4, the Red Sox are batting .205 with .275 on-base percentage and more strikeouts (147) than hits (121). They are slugging .296 with 15 doubles and 13 homers. They have scored 53 runs (3.1 per game) and gotten shut out three times, bringing their majors-leading total to nine shutouts. Even worse, they have scored in only 31 of 164 innings (18.9 percent). Amid that team-wide slump, 20-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers will make his debut Tuesday night in Seattle.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners 4, Red Sox 0: Yuck. The Red Sox were held hitless until the fifth inning by Mariners starter James Paxton en route to getting shut out for the ninth time this season. Meanwhile, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four runs on six hits in only 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox have scored five runs in their last three games and 39 runs in 12 games since the All-Star break. In the words of David Price's favorite broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, "Yuck."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell said he has had "multiple interactions" with Dennis Eckersley since the David Price incident on the team plane. Farrell described his relationship with Eck as "certainly professional." Reiterated that he spoke to Price after the incident and the team has "moved on."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts has been scratched from Red Sox's lineup due to illness, not related to bruised right hand. Andrew Benintendi, who wasn't in the original lineup, goes to left field; Brock Holt will play third base; Deven Marrero at shortstop.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers: "The work is never done. I just want to learn how to be a superstar third baseman."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers has arrived at Safeco Field. He's expected to be in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday night vs. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. His family will come see him play when Red Sox return to Fenway Park at the end of the week.

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