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Lowell impressed by Devers' athleticism

Former Red Sox star working with third baseman at camp; Cora changes jersey to No. 20
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Former Red Sox third baseman and 2007 World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Mike Lowell was on the field Wednesday working with third baseman Rafael Devers.

"I don't think he needs anything to be fixed," Lowell said of the 21-year-old star. "I think he need repetitions."

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Former Red Sox third baseman and 2007 World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner Mike Lowell was on the field Wednesday working with third baseman Rafael Devers.

"I don't think he needs anything to be fixed," Lowell said of the 21-year-old star. "I think he need repetitions."

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Lowell was very impressed with Dever's athleticism, mainly noting his power and range to his right.

"I think he's much more athletic than I was," Lowell said. "It's more an understanding of the situation of the game. I told him when I moved over to third in pro ball, it was a big adjustment."

But Lowell feels like the kid is a special talent.

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"He's a guy that can wear this uniform 10-plus years and be a big factor," Lowell said. "He does not have fundamental flaws in his defense. He needs to repeat the things he does for his defense. It's more talking about the adjustments and angles."

The former Red Sox star then joked about how powerful Devers is compared to Lowell's playing days.

"He's hitting the ball off the wall left-handed, the way I tried to do right-handed,'' Lowell said. "He's got it, man, he's a special talent."

Lowell's currently coaching his son's sixth-through-eighth grade baseball team. He talked about how nothing replicates his time on the field as far as excitement for the game.

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"The only thing I miss is getting excited for the game every day," Lowell said. "I don't think anything will replace that."

Being a close friend of rookie manager Alex Cora, Lowell was thrilled to be invited to help.

"I love being on the field -- I really do," Lowell said, smiling. "I think I appreciate the grind when guys come to work. The first day I showed up here with Alex at 5:45 [a.m. ET] and there were guys hitting it hard in the weight room 15 minutes later."

Number change

With J.D. Martinez expected to wear No. 28, Cora changed his number to 20 on Wednesday.

"Decided to go with 20, a good luck charm," Cora said. "I thought 28 wasn't good for me, so I went with 20."

Kelly gets hit by ball

Right-handed reliever Joe Kelly took a ball off his right shin while pitching during live batting practice. He was seen walking without any noticeable limp.

"He's OK," Cora said. "He's going to go for precautionary X-rays."

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Final workout

In the final full-squad workout before games begin, the club concentrated mainly on cutoffs, bunt defense, infield-in defense and shifts for left-handed hitters on the back fields.

"Three days of fundamentals aren't enough," Cora said. "Little by little, we're adding stuff."

Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi took part in sliding drills on a mat in the grass in front of the clubhouse at the end of the workouts.

First games

The Red Sox face Northeastern and Boston College in a doubleheader Thursday -- a seven-inning game against each school.

Cora said that Bogaerts, Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez won't see any action. The rest of the regulars are expected to appear in the games.

Ken Powtak is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Red Sox on Wednesday.

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