How Rafael Devers feels about being in contrast with a pair of Pink Sox legends

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Solely two gamers in Pink Sox historical past reached 150 profession dwelling runs sooner than Devers.

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Rafael Devers watches his one hundred and fiftieth profession dwelling run in the course of the Pink Sox win over the Blue Jays on Might 4. John Tlumacki/Globe Workers

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Celtics host the 76ers in Recreation 5 of the Jap Convention semifinals. The very best-of-seven collection is tied 2-2.

The Pink Sox start a three-game collection in Atlanta. First pitch is about for 7:20 p.m.

Additionally tonight, the Revolution host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a U.S. Open Cup recreation additionally at 7:30 p.m.

Rafael Devers mentioned historic comparisons: Throughout the 11-5 Pink Sox win over the Blue Jays on Might 4, Rafael Devers smashed a two-run dwelling run within the eighth inning to assist break the sport open in an eventual Boston win.

The house run was additionally notable because it was the one hundred and fiftieth of Devers’s younger however already spectacular profession.

The 26-year-old, who made his MLB debut in 2017, presently leads the American League with 11 dwelling runs. The most recent profession milestone additionally put him in elite Pink Sox firm: Devers was the third quickest participant to succeed in 150 dwelling runs in crew historical past.

Solely two gamers have been in a position to do it in fewer video games: Ted Williams and Jim Rice.

“It’s cool to be talked about with these names any time,” Devers lately advised’s Ian Browne concerning Williams and Rice. “This can be a franchise that I wish to spend the remainder of my profession with, and to maintain placing extra numbers up alongside the best way is nice, and it’s all the time good to be talked about with these two.”

And regardless of the elevated degree of participant motion within the trendy recreation, Devers stands an opportunity of taking part in his total profession in Boston (as Williams and Rice did).

He signed a 10-year contract extension previous to the season, a giant step for each the crew and the participant in securing their respective futures.

Although his major precedence helps his crew win, Devers admitted that he aspires to maintain constructing on his particular person statistics as effectively.

“You realize, as a baseball participant, everybody goals of being up there within the rankings,” he advised Browne. “And hopefully, I’ve that sort of profession.”

After all, Devers nonetheless has some work to do if he hopes to sooner or later break the all-time Pink Sox dwelling run file. That mark is held by Williams (521), and he’s nonetheless 371 away.

Trivia: David Ortiz accounted for 2 of the three highest single-season dwelling run totals in Pink Sox historical past (he holds the No. 1 and No. 3 spots). Are you able to title the participant who ranks second on that listing?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: He hit 50 dwelling runs in 1938, profitable his third MVP that season.

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Originally posted 2023-05-09 14:34:29.