CHICAGO — The scene was a familiar one in the Red Sox’ clubhouse before Sunday’s ballgame, a game that a few hours later would be confirmed as their third straight victory, their sixth in seven games, and pull them within one game of .500 for the first time since they were 0-1. Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Eduardo Nunez sat at the circular table nearest the entrance. Benintendi worked intently on the USA Today crossword puzzle, occasionally glancing up to smile at the exaggerated bickering, often in Spanish and almost always ending in laughter, among his card-playing teammates. Near the middle of the room, behind a table stocked with Dubble Bubble gum and other ballplayer necessities, Eduardo Rodriguez and Ryan Brasier sat side by side in cushioned chairs, periodically showing each other something on their phones. When Rodriguez left, Hector Velazquez took his seat, fist-bumping Brasier. A few minutes before the media were shooed out at 12:30 p.m., J.D. Martinez strolled though, patting a couple of teammates on the back, including rookie sensation Michael Chavis, then stopping at his corner locker (the coveted spot) to watch the MLB Network highlights package on the clubhouse television. Hearing Martinez comment… Read full this story
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