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Athletics to honor Rickey Henderson by naming Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field”

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The Athletics announced on Monday that the club will honor Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson by renaming the Coliseum field “Rickey Henderson Field.” The dedication ceremony will be held on Opening Night, scheduled for April 3 against the Angels. Additionally, the Athletics have scheduled Rickey Henderson Day for July 15 which features a Henderson jersey giveaway.

Henderson, 58, was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2009, receiving 511 of 539 (94.8%) votes. The Athletics retired his No. 24  in August 2009.

As a member of the Athletics, Henderson hit .288/.409/.430 with 167 home runs, 648 RBI, and 867 stolen bases. He holds the career major league records for stolen bases (1,406), runs scored (2,295), unintentional walks (2,129), and leadoff home runs (81). He holds the single-season record for stolen bases as well, having stolen 130 in the 1982 season.

Henderson will also serve as a special assistant to A’s president Michael Crowley, noted in the team’s announcement on Monday.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.