Red Sox Steve Pearce contemplating retirement – The Boston Globe

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I need to get healthy first of all and then Ill decide what I want to do, Pearce said. I dont have any regrets about my career, thats for sure.

Pearce, a free agent after the season, flew to Boston for the weekend to reconnect with his teammates and visit with coaching staff.

I wanted to be around to see everybody together one more time, he said.

Pearce has hit .254 with a .772 OPS, 91 home runs and 303 RBIs for seven teams in his career.

The Red Sox acquired Pearce from Toronto on June 28, 2018, to platoon with Mitch Moreland at first base. He had a .901 OPS in 50 regular-season games then was 11 of 38 with six extra-base hits, nine walks, 12 runs, and 11 RBIs in 13 postseason games.

Peace hit a tying home run off closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. He added a three-run double in the ninth inning in a game the Sox won, 9-6.

In the Game 5 clincher, Pearce had a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw in the first inning and a solo shot off Pedro Baez in the eighth.

Best part of my career, what we did last fall, Pearce said. Ill never forget what we did as a team.

The Sox signed Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million contract 19 days after the Series ended. But he hit .180 with one home run and nine RBIs.

I wish I could have done more this season, he said. Thats baseball, the ups and downs. Well see where it goes; but I got more out of my career than I expected. Baseball treated me great.

Xander Bogaertss two-run homer in the first inning off Orioles starter John Means was his 33rd of the season. The homer brought Bogaertss extra-base hit total to 85, tying him with Nomar Garciaparra for the most by a Red Sox shortstop.

Garciaparra did it in 1997 and 2002. The Bogaerts milestone came just after he reached another one Friday evening, recording the 500th RBI of his career. Hes just the fourth Red Sox player to reach 500 RBIs before turning 27 years old.

Like, Bogaerts, Rafael Devers keeps adding his name to the history books this season. He has 89 extra-base hits, which led the majors. He recently tied Tony Conigliaro for the most homers (32) by a Red Sox before turning 23. After Fridays game, Devers was just three hits shy of 200 on the year. Deverss line-drive single to right in the fifth on Saturday brought him closer to that total. If Devers does reach it, hell be the first American League player to reach 200-plus hits before turning 23 since Starlin Castro in 2007.

Manager Alex Cora said recently that Devers changed his mind-set this past offseason, coming back more in shape by changing his diet. Devers set the bar for himself entering the season, and in many ways hes exceeded it.

I said it in spring training, if you had to pick a guy that would impact this team, I had no doubt in my mind it was going to be [Devers], Cora said. Hes not afraid of the stage. Thats the most important thing. I saw in [2017 with the Houston Astros] we were trying to do everything possible to rattle him. And he looked at us and laughed at us. He doesnt just want to be good. He wants to be great.

If theres something for Sox fans to look forward to Sunday, Devers getting to 200 hits is certainly one of them. But you also have to include Eduardo Rodriguez possibly reaching 20 wins, which has been the topic of conversation for a couple of weeks now.

The Sox players and Cora willed Rodriguez through his last start against the Texas Rangers. He went five innings, giving up 11 hits and seven runs while also throwing 113 pitches. In the fifth inning, the Rangers Delino DeShields attempted to steal but was thrown out by Christian Vazquez for the final out of the frame.

On Sunday, all the Sox regulars will play. Mookie Betts who was the designated hitter Friday had the day off Saturday but will be in back in right field for the finale. If Rodriguez gets his 20th, hell be the first Sox lefthander to do so since Mel Parnell in 1953. Just five Sox southpaws have reached 20 wins: Parnell, Lefty Grove, Babe Ruth, Ray Collins, and Jesse Tannehill.

Rodriguez, who is also at 196 innings, wants to reach 200 for the first time. Hes been the Sox most durable starter, going five-plus innings in each of his 27 outings since the start of May.

Best wishes to Bob Tomaselli, who is retiring after 27 years of manning Camera 5 in the home dugout at Fenway Park for NESN. His colleagues signed a No. 27 from the Fenway Park scoreboard for Tomaselli.

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