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Rafael Devers makes his best play of the season

Rob Bradford
September 28, 2018 - 9:23 pm

Rafael Devers might be figuring this third base thing out at just the right time.

After struggling for most of the season, making the second-most errors (23) in the major leagues despite playing in just 113 games in the field, Devers has suddenly looked like a capable third baseman. That fact was put on display in the sixth inning of the Red Sox' game against the Yankees Friday night.

The improved defensive play, along with a hot bat (.324, 1.093, 4 homers in his previous 9 games), has put Devers in the conversation for significant playing time in the postseason. He did, after all, finish up the final two postseason games last year by going a combined 4-for-6 with two homers and a pair of walks.

"Like I said a few days ago, we’re comfortable with whoever plays at third base," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who put Eduardo Nunez at designated hitter for Friday night's game. "First of all, we’ve got to see if Nunie is healthy. That’s the most important thing. We do feel that he’s going to be fine. I just don’t want a situation like last year, what the team went through last year. I saw it first-hand, how we felt about it. it didn’t change the series because I think Hanley (Ramirez) did an outstanding job. He ended up playing. But it’s not easy to lose a guy just like that. We’ll make sure that he’s healthy."