Devers went 1-for-2 with a sixth-inning three-run homer during Boston's pennant-clinching 4-1 win over the Astros on Thursday. Devers hit his first home run of the postseason off Justin Verlander to provide the Red Sox with the winning margin. The 21-year-old is now 7-for-20 in the postseason, and has driven in seven runs after compiling a .240 average with 21 home runs and 66 RBI in the regular season.
Devers will head to the bench for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Devers drew the start at the hot corner in Sunday's victory, but he'll head back to the bench with Eduardo Nunez expected to take over at third base. Devers is 4-for-10 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored through three games this postseason. He'll certainly be an option to pinch hit in the later innings.
Devers is on the bench for the first game of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Devers has now sat for four of the first five games of the postseason. Eduardo Nunez has started at third base on each occasion, including against righty Justin Verlander on Saturday.
Devers is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Despite going 2-for-6 with an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in Monday's Game 3 victory, Devers will give way to Eduardo Nunez at the hot corner Tuesday with lefty CC Sabathia toeing the rubber for the Yankees. The youngster hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 homers through 121 games this season and will likely be one of manager Alex Cora's first players off the bench.
Devers remains out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against righty Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Saturday. It was expected that Devers would sit against southpaw J.A. Happ in Game 1, but to see him sit against Tanaka is something of a surprise. Eduardo Nunez keeps his place at third base, due presumably to his greater defensive ability. The Red Sox evidently don't feel that Devers' .240/.298/.433 line at the plate is enough to overcome his deficiencies on the other side of the ball, so he could well be relegated to a bench role for the rest of the playoffs.
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