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Steve Pearce comes up huge for the Red Sox again

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The Red Sox were three batters into Game 5 of the World Series and they already had a lead, thanks again to first baseman Steve Pearce. In the lineup strictly because lefty Clayton Kershaw was on the bump, Pearce drilled a first-pitch 92 MPH fastball over the fence in left-center to put the Red Sox up 2-0.

The game is far from over, though, as the Dodgers responded in the bottom half of the first. David Freese, also in the lineup strictly because of lefty starter David Price, hit a leadoff solo home run to make it 2-1.

Entering Sunday’s game, Pearce was hitting .265/.419/.500 with a pair of home runs and a pair of doubles, nine walks, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored in 43 plate appearances this postseason. He has reached base safely in all 13 playoff games.

Pearce hit a game-tying solo homer off of Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s Game 4. He then blew it wide open with a bases-clearing double off of Kenta Maeda in the top of the ninth inning. He would later score on a Xander Bogaerts single and the Red Sox went on to win 9-6.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.