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Markakis went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and two runs during Thursday's win over New York.
Currently sporting a respectable .297/.384/.419 slash line with 12 runs, six extra-base hits and 10 RBI, Markakis is off to a serviceable start to 2017. The veteran lacks power upside, but he has the ability to post a solid batting average and on-base percentage while also moving the needle in the runs and RBI columns. He also carries a little extra value in points formats because he hits a lot of doubles.
Hernandez started at third base and went 0-for-3 in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees.
With Dustin Pedroia back in action, Hernandez was moved from second to third base, a spot where the Red Sox rank 28th in MLB with a .189 batting average and -0.4 WAR. Pablo Sandoval (knee) is on the 10-day disabled list and Hernandez will be part of the relief crew at the hot corner. Josh Rutledge and the newly acquired Chase D'Arnaud also bring gloves that can play third base.
Sale (1-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and struck out 10 over eight-plus innings in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees.
Manager John Farrell let Sale go out for the ninth inning but the left-hander tired and was tagged for two additional runs and three hits. Meanwhile, the Red Sox bats have gone silent, managing just 13 runs and a .202 batting average over the last seven games, including a mere one run in 18 innings against the Yankees. Paucity of offense has been a recurring theme for the team with Sale being its special victim. He has a 1.19 ERA over five starts but has been given four runs of support while he's been on the mound (37.2 innings). Sale will hope Boston's bats are improved by the time he makes his next start Tuesday at home against the Orioles.
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