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Red Sox minor lines: Rafael Devers snaps the slump

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Rafael Devers has been having no luck at the plate. That changed on Wednesday.

Portland L 0-6

Wendell Rijo: 1-4, 2B, K, 2 E

Ty Buttrey: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

71 pitches in under three innings for Ty Buttrey. And with just six baserunners allowed. In no small part, granted, due to Wendell Rijo being unable to catch baseballs. Yeah, you can avoid that by getting strikeouts, I guess, but it's hard to put much blame on the poor guy for this outing.

Salem W 14-7

Yoan Moncada: 0-4, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 2-4, BB, CS
Andrew Benintendi: 1-4, HR, BB, K
Nick Longhi: 2-5, 2B, K
Rafael Devers: 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, K

That's more like it, Devers! How do you beat a brutal BABIP slump? By taking the ball out of the damn park! Hopefully things start to correct for him in a more normal manner now. He deserves a lot better than the fate the baseball Gods have dealt him this year. Something more akin, perhaps, to the entirely reasonable .352 BABIP Benintendi is rocking at the moment. That's just his first homer of the season, but when you're putting the ball in play 19 times in 20, it's hard not to hit for average.

Also, I see you there, Mauricio Dubon. With your 10 walks to 5 strikeouts and .381 OBP. Now just take that sneaky on-base ability in the same direction Mookie Betts took his, rather than the way Derrik Gibson took his.

Greenville L 3-5

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2B, K
Kyri Washington: 1-4, 2B, 3 K
Luis Alexander Basabe: 3-4, 2 2B, SB
Austin Rei: 0-3, BB

Austin Glorius: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K