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Why Rafael Devers played shortstop for the first time since 2019

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He made no mistake.

Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers chat during Saturday’s game. Michael Dwyer/AP Photo

When Pablo Reyes left Saturday’s Red Sox-Dodgers game with a sore left elbow, manager Alex Cora had no choice but to reshuffle the infield.

He chose to put Luis Urías third, Connor Wong second and, yes, Rafael Devers at shortstop.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the equation was the fact that Urias didn’t play short. He appeared in 122 games there throughout his career.

Devers, who made a trick play earlier in the game in third to catch Mookie Betts first, saw action short for the first time since 2019. He played just two innings in 2019 – no bullet came towards him – and had not returned. Since.

Cora elected to keep Trevor Story as the designated hitter. Reese McGuire came in to catch. Devers did his part in the sixth, although no ball reached him this time either.

Then, after the Red Sox turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead in the sixth, Story came in short. Devers moved back to No. 3, Urías moved back to No. 2, and Wong returned to wide receiver.

So, in a way, it was like Devers had never really been there. But it happened and he made no mistake.


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