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Content: CHICAGO (AP) — If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency  Paul Goldschmidt Jersey  , he is staying quiet for the moment.Bryant does know at least one thing that should delight fans of the Chicago Cubs.“The shoulder is perfectly healed. Feels great,” Bryant said. “Everything about it feels right back to where I was before.”A healthy Bryant could go a long way to helping erase the sting of a disappointing finish to last season. Chicago blew a five-game lead in the NL Central in September, lost to Milwaukee in a tiebreaker for the division title and then was eliminated by Colorado in the NL wild-card game.Bryant and company had to watch as the Brewers and Rockies celebrated on consecutive October days at Wrigley Field.“It’s kind of good for us to go through that, get our teeth kicked in a little bit on our field, game 163 and then the wild-card game,” Bryant said Friday on the first day of the Cubs’ annual fan convention.“I think ultimately we’ll all learn from it, and yeah, come out with a chip on our shoulder definitely.”Bryant was working on another good season last year before he made two trips to the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. The 2016 NL MVP finished with career lows in games played (102), batting average (.272), home runs (13) and RBIs (52).“There was a lot going on,” Bryant said. “It was just kind of hard to get it to heal when you take a week off and it’s like ‘OK you’re feeling better let’s see what you do with some swings,’ rather than the offseason, you kind of dedicate a whole two months to just working out and getting it stronger and kind of letting everything settle down.“I think that’s what I really needed.”When Bryant is on top of his game  Richie Ashburn Jersey  , he remains one of the majors’ most dangerous hitters. He hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs three years ago, helping the Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908.Center fielder Albert Almora Jr. said Bryant “grew a lot as a person and as a teammate” last year.“Being hurt, having to be there for the boys when he’s limited on the field, was tough for him, but I think he handled it very well,” Almora said.While Bryant was in and out of the lineup, Chicago still finished fourth in the NL with 761 runs. But it had one or zero runs in 39 regular-season games. It managed just two runs over 22 innings in its final two games of the year.Cubs fans had hoped the team might address its inconsistent offense with a blockbuster contract for Harper, but it doesn’t sound as if the team has room for such a deal in its budget.Bryant hangs out with Harper in the offseason sometimes, but he said the Las Vegas natives don’t talk about baseball very much. The quiet winter for the Cubs is just fine with him, too.“Honestly, I understand some of the fan frustration, but as a player that feels pretty good knowing that your owner and your president and GM all trust the team that we have,” Bryant said. “That means something to us.” TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks.The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile.Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run  , Brian Johnson pitched a season-high seven innings to win his second straight start and the Red Sox extended their winning streak to six games with a 10-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.J.D. Martinez had three hits and Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who have won 10 of 11.Devers had been out since July 28 because of a strained left hamstring. He went 2 for 4 with a walk and scored twice.“I felt good, I gave 100 percent on every play today and nothing bothered me,” Devers said through a translator. “I’m just happy to be back and contributing.”He isn’t the only one who’s happy.“It’s cool to see him around,” manager Alex Cora said. “He brings a lot of joy to the game, a lot of smiles in the clubhouse. Everybody is happy. He’s like their little brother. For him to go out there and perform, that was good to see.”Outfielder Mookie Betts, who scored a pair of runs, said Devers has an infectious enthusiasm.“He just brings fun,” Betts said. “He’s a young kid who laughs and enjoys being around. Anytime you have somebody young like that laughing and enjoying things, it kind of helps you sit back and enjoy it too.”There’s been no shortage of things for Boston to enjoy. The Red Sox, who own the best record in the major leagues at 81-34, have won 12 of 15 meetings with Toronto this season.Toronto  , meanwhile, matched a season-worst by falling 11 games below .500 at 51-62.Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays, his 17th, and Randal Grichuk added a three-run blast, his 15th. Both homers came off Johnson.Johnson (3-3) allowed five runs and six hits to earn his first career win over the Blue Jays. He walked two and struck out six.“I felt like I pitched a lot better than my linescore shows,” Johnson said.Cora praised Johnson for “an outstanding job” after six Boston relievers pitched 5 1-3 innings Tuesday.“For him to go seven innings, that was excellent for us,” Cora said.Ryan Brasier and Joe Kelly each pitched one inning of relief.Boston chased Blue Jays starter Mike Hauschild (1-1) with a four-run third inning. Andrew Benitendi opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly, Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double and Bogaerts capped the rally with a sacrifice fly off reliever Luis Santos.Hauschild, who pitched six shutout innings of relief to beat Seattle in his Blue Jays debut last Thursday, allowed four runs and three hits in 2 1-3 innings.“The biggest difference tonight was just pounding the zone,” Hauschild said. “I made a couple of mistakes and they hit it pretty hard.”Bogaerts drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk off Santos in the fifth and Devers homered off Jake Petricka in the sixth, his 16th. Boston made it 8-2 when Martinez and Bogaerts hit back-to-back doubles off Danny Barnes in the seventh.Martinez hit an RBI single off Joe Biagini in the eighth and a second run scored on a wild pitch.SWING AND A MISSJohnson  Aaron Altherr Jersey  , who fanned a career-high 11 in his previous start, has now struck out five or more in four straight starts, the past two of which have come in place of injured LHP Chris Sale.“Maybe it’s because I’m starting on Chris’ day and he gets a lot of those,” Johnson joked.DEALINGToronto traded minor league RHP Nick Tepesch to Detroit for cash. Tepesch went 1-6 with a 7.90 ERA in 10 games at Triple-A Buffalo.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: To make room on the roster for Devers, the Red Sox optioned INF Tony Renda to Triple-A Pawtucket. Cora said Devers will get the day off Thursday. … OF Mookie Betts stayed in the game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch in the third inning.UP NEXTRed Sox RHP Rick Porcello (14-4, 3.84) faces Blue Jays LHP Ryan Borucki (1-2, 2.30) in Thursday’s series finale. Porcello is 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA over his past four starts at Rogers Centre. Borucki pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Mariners for his first major league win in his previous outing, Aug. 3 at Seattle.