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German Marquez throws immaculate inning against Pirates

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Rockies starter German Marquez got three outs on three three-pitch strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates, achieving what is known as an “immaculate inning.” Marquez fanned Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco.

This marks the third immaculate inning of the year. Max Scherzer threw one in the sixth inning against the Rays on June 5. Kevin Gausman accomplished the feat in the seventh on April 23 against the Indians. The 2017 season saw a record eight immaculate innings, so there’s still some catching up to do to match that.

Marquez, 23, entered Wednesday’s start with a 4.70 ERA and a 129/43 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings. After the immaculate inning, Marquez had allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in four innings versus the Pirates.

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.