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  • 18 May 2019
    Marlins fans be hoping to get in

    a potential J.T. Realmuto trade?"Do not let prospect ranking fool
    you—the 6-foot-3 outfielder has equivalent tools to that of most Top 50
    prospects. A 55-hit tool and 60-grade power is more than enough to make him a
    centerpiece of any Rays’ package. The caveat with is his need for better
    plate discipline and strike zone recognition. He drew only 26 walks in 488 plate
    appearances last
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    , a 5.3 percent rate.However, in only his age-21 season, the
    projectability of is as enticing as any of the previously discussed
    prospects throughout this series. Defensively, profiles as a corner
    outfielder, as his arm and range are both considered average at-best.The Rays
    system is amongst the best in baseball. If the reports of their interest in
    acquiring Realmuto are correct—similar to the Braves—they have the talent and
    depth to do so. The depth in their system is the key. Tampa Bay can offer
    multiple tier 2 prospects from their system, which would be equivalent to higher
    prospects in competing farms. The Marlins would be wise to take Tampa’s interest
    as significant. There is no rush to make a deal, as Spring Training is still a
    few weeks away. Some other names who could be considered centerpieces or very
    strong secondaries: #64 Vidal Brujan, #93 Brandon Lowe, #56 Ronaldo Hernandez,
    Lucius Fox, Matthew Liberatore. ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Kinsler describes Boston’s
    lineup as “electric.”Now that he’s back on track following his return from a
    injury ,
    Kinsler is showing he can add even more spark to the lineup.Kinsler drove in
    three runs and the Red Sox continued their interleague success, beating the
    Atlanta Braves 8-2 Monday in a matchup of division leaders.Kinsler came off the
    disabled list on Aug. 17 after missing 11 games with the injury. He was hitting
    well before the injury and now has regained momentum with two or more hits in
    four of his last seven games.Asked if it was difficult to find his timing again,
    Kinsler said “I want to say no, because I don’t want to make any excuses. … In a
    player’s head you think it should happen quick in a day or two.”The Red Sox led
    only 3-2 through seven innings before putting the game away.“We can score a lot
    of runs early, score a lot of runs late,” Kinsler said. “That’s the great thing
    about this team. It can happen at any moment. The thing about this offense is
    it’s electric and it can happen quickly.”The Red Sox have won 23 of their last
    27 games against National League teams. Boston has the best record in the majors
    and is atop the AL East.Kinsler hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth
    after a throwing error by first baseman Freddie Freeman prolonged the inning,
    making it 5-2. Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single as Boston scored three times
    in the ninth off Bryse Wilson.“The two-out error hurt, obviously, but I liked
    our chances before that,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.Boston scored three
    runs in the fifth off Braves rookie Touki
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    , making only his second start in the majors. Consecutive
    doubles by Eduardo Nunez, Kinsler and Christian Vazquez off Toussaint (1-1) in
    the fifth gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Mookie Betts added an RBI single with two
    outs to finish Toussaint.Boston right-hander Nate Eovaldi started only two days
    after his last start against the White Sox was shortened by rain to two
    innings.“It was definitely different,” Eovaldi said. “I needed to step up and
    try to go as deep as I could in the ballgame. Unfortunately it was only into the
    fourth inning.”Eovaldi issued four walks, including three in the first, but did
    not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. His previous season high for walks in a game
    was two.Brandon Workman (3-0) recorded two outs after replacing Eovaldi in the
    fourth. Ozzie Albies led off the sixth with his 22nd homer against Joe Kelly.A
    sellout crowd of 40,394 included a strong turnout by Red Sox fans.TRAINER’S
    ROOMRed Sox: 3B Rafael Devers (strained left hamstring) will join the team on
    Tuesday, a day after completing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. …
    Manager Alex Cora said LHP David Price (bruised left wrist) believes he could
    start against the Braves on Wednesday. But the Red Sox will avoid having Price
    swing a bat. Price instead may start in Friday’s opening game of a home series
    against Houston. Cora said he had not decided on Wednesday’s starter.Braves:
    RHPs Arodys Vizcaino and Jose Ramirez, each recovering from right shoulder
    inflammation, threw back-to-back scoreless innings in rehab stints with Triple-A
    Gwinnett.RISP WOESThe NL East-leading Braves loaded the bases in the first,
    fourth and seventh innings. Kurt Suzuki’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the
    seventh produced the only run from those chances as Atlanta was 1-for-12 with
    runners in scoring position.HOME AGAININF Brandon Phillips, who had a successful
    Atlanta homecoming with the Braves in
    2017 ,
    when he hit .291, will return again on Tuesday when he will be recalled from
    Pawtucket by the Red Sox. Phillips attended Redan High School in Stone Mountain,
    Georgia, in the metro Atlanta area.Phillips, 37, hit .302 in 38 games with
    Pawtucket.GLOVE WORKNick Markakis made two strong defensive plays in right
    field, catching a foul ball hit by J.D. Martinez against the wall in the fifth
    and making a sliding catch of Betts’ sinking liner in the right-center gap in
    the ninth.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (15-7, 4.27) is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA
    in three career starts against Atlanta. He has a 20-8 record in 39 career
    interleague game.Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (11-7, 3.85) will try to reverse his
    downturn after posting an 8.48 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed six runs
    in four innings in a loss to the Rays in his last start.