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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Rafael Devers, regardless of a disappointing functionality in the Planet Baseball Classic from an person and a group standpoint, was all smiles upon returning to Red Sox camp on Friday.

Representing the Dominican Republic on an international stage for the 1st time is one thing Devers will under no circumstances neglect.

“It was a fantastic expertise, a definitely very good expertise for me,” Devers stated. “I’m really pleased that I had the chance to represent my nation. The games have been really, really intense, really motivational for me, and I felt pleased to be capable to represent my nation.”

The Dominican Republic was favored by several to win the Classic but alternatively got knocked out of Pool D with a two-two record, losing to Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Devers, who served as the cleanup hitter and DH for a squad that had Manny Machado at third base, went two-for-16 with two walks and no RBIs.

“Those points occur. I can go -for-20 or -for-30,” Devers stated. “That’s baseball. For me, I am confident about my capability and what I can do, the points that I can do on the field. I am definitely calm. I am not definitely pondering as well considerably into it. It is not like I went two-for-16 and I forgot how to hit or something like that. It just occurred in that tournament. I nonetheless have the exact same self-confidence as ahead of I left the camp.”

If the functionality by Devers was forgettable, there have been components of the expertise that the left-handed-hitting slugger will keep in mind for a extended time. What stood out the most was the electric crowd in Miami.

“There was a moment exactly where I could not hear anyone beside me,” Devers stated. “That’s a definitely attractive moment for us as players, when you have so several people today cheering for you and be as loud as they have been.”

Watching Machado — an elite defender at third base — go about his organization was absolutely a bonus for Devers.

“Of course I discovered a lot from Manny Machado. He’s a single of the finest third basemen, if not the finest third baseman, ideal now in the game,” Devers stated. “Just watching him going about his organization and playing, you discover a lot. It was a really very good moment for me.”

The moments he got to bond with other stars from his nation was a further perk of the expertise.

“It was a fantastic expertise to be capable to share a clubhouse with these guys, with [Juan] Soto, with Machado, with Jeremy Peña. These are guys that you would like to share your clubhouse with or your group with at any moment, and it was a definitely fantastic expertise for me,” Devers stated.

Now that he is back in camp, the Red Sox need to have him to get the reps at third base that he missed even though backing up Machado. Devers will get started Saturday’s house game at the hot corner against the Orioles. Just after a day off Sunday when the Red Sox go to Clearwater to play the Phillies, Devers will play the subsequent 3 days.

“Just for him to get his repetitions at third base is essential for us. It is really essential,” stated Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “Today he took ground balls with [infield instructor] Carlos [Febles] on the back fields. As far as the at-bats, he’s in all probability readier than any individual else right here. Repetitions at third base — just standing up more than there for 5 or six innings, seven innings — is essential for his conditioning as well. Of course we’ve got him right here now, and we’ll make confident he’s prepared for the season.”

When Devers currently proved in the 2018 and ‘21 postseasons that he embraces playing on the significant stage, the Classic was a various sort of particular for the 26-year-old.

“It wasn’t the finest a single for him certainly, but to be about these guys and speak to them and the way he talks about these games, the intensity from pitch a single all the way to the finish, it is a very good understanding expertise,” Cora stated. “It’s a exciting a single, and [he] checked that box. We’ll see what takes place [next World Baseball Classic], but at least he can say he represented his nation and now he’s with us.”