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Alex Cora explains decision to go with Eduardo Nunez over Rafael Devers at 3B in Game 2

Ryan Hannable
October 06, 2018 - 5:34 pm

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has decided to go with right-handed hitting third baseman Eduardo Nunez over left-handed hitting third baseman Rafael Devers against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka for Game 2 of the ALDS.

Devers is 4-for-10 for his career against Tanaka, but Cora said it was more for defensive purposes.

"I think we've been talking about Rafey offensively the last month, very disciplined," Cora said. "Hasn't chased too many pitches and we know the potential of him, get hanging split and hit it out of the ballpark, but we do feel that Eduardo has been very consistent with his approach the last month and a half.

"With David [Price] on the mound with those righties, there's a lot of ground balls hit to that side of the infield. And although we feel good about Rafey with his range and everything, throughout the season he wasn't as consistent making the routine play. So in the end we decided to go with Nuney at third base, because we feel he's been the better defensive player."

Nunez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Game 1 Friday night.

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