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Video: Xander Bogaerts pulled off field due to positive COVID test

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts was pulled off the field during Tuesday’s Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game over a positive COVID-19 test.

Bogaerts ran out to shortstop for the bottom of the second inning of the game but was called in by manager Alex Cora. That’s when he was informed about the positive test.

Jonathan Arauz went out to replace Bogaerts, who was 1-for-1 with an RBI in the game.

The Red Sox are in the middle of a struggle with COVID. Enrique Hernandez, Christian Arroyo, Martin Perez and Matt Barnes are all on the COVID list. A few coaches on their staff tested positive, while others are away from the team as close contacts.

Now, the slipping Red Sox will be without Bogaerts for some period of time.

Boston entered Tuesday two games behind the Yankees for second in the AL East.

Video: Orioles’ Anthony Santander robs Xander Bogaerts of homer

Xander Bogaerts nearly had his first home run of the 2020 season on Sunday, but Baltimore Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander had other plans.

Bogaerts hit an opposite-field fly ball in the bottom of the 4th inning that looked like it had a chance to leave the ballpark near Pesky’s Pole, which is the shortest part of Fenway Park. Santander reached into the front row of the empty stands and pulled it back.

Santander made that outstanding play after hitting a two-run homer to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead in the top of the inning, so he made his presence felt both in the field and at the plate.

If the Red Sox decide to go the cardboard cutout route in the future, they may need Santander to protect the cutouts from some of the punishment they have taken in other ballparks.

Xander Bogaerts wants to recruit Mookie Betts back to Red Sox

Mookie Betts

The Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts this offseason with a year left on his contract, but there is definitely a lingering state of uncertainty regarding when he hits the open market as he’s expected to do.

Longtime teammate Xander Bogaerts is hopeful that Betts will consider a return to Boston, and is even ready to recruit him if it seems appropriate.

“Hey, you know… probably, maybe in a year,” Bogaerts said, via Chris Cotillo of MassLive. “We’ll see how that goes. He knows what he means to us and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

Bogaerts defended Betts for the outfielder’s reluctance to negotiate before reaching free agency, a stark contrast to Bogaerts, who took a hometown discount to sign long-term.

“The one thing I know about him is that he loved being here,” Bogaerts said. “He enjoyed playing with us. He was a great teammate. I can’t really say that he didn’t want to be here. I think that’s a little unfair. He enjoyed his time here and never showed me anything he didn’t like about being here. It’s going to be tough without him.”

When you look at what Betts was supposedly asking from the Red Sox, it’s pretty clear that his sights were set on free agency. The fact that he’s still refusing to talk long-term deal even after his trade backs that up. Maybe once the outfielder sees what’s out there for him, Bogaerts’ recruiting pitch can be successful.

Watch: Red Sox blast three home runs in first inning in London

JD Martinez

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees showed fans in London what an offensive explosion looks like with their 17-13 slugfest on Saturday, and that theme continued on Sunday.

After the two teams combined for six home runs in their first game at London Stadium, the Red Sox went deep three times in the bottom of the first on Sunday. Xander Bogaerts got things started with a two-run shot, and JD Martinez immediately followed with a solo homer of his own.

Catcher Christian Vazquez then belted a solo shot two batters later.

Depending on who you ask, the fans in London are either getting treated to some great baseball or some really bad baseball. They appear to be quite knowledgeable about the game judging by the reception they gave one umpire, so we’re guessing they enjoy the long ball just as much as we do back in America.

Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts annoyed with All-Star voting

Xander Bogaerts has steadily been one of the better shortstops in the American League since 2015, but you wouldn’t really know it by the All-Star voting results.

Bogaerts has only made one All-Star team (2016) and finds himself sixth in the voting for AL shortstops this year. He trails Jorge Polanco (Twins), Carlos Correa (Astros), Gleyber Torres (Yankees), Tim Anderson (White Sox) and Francisco Lindor (Indians). That’s despite him leading all AL shortstops in doubles, homers, walks and RBIs and being second behind Polanco in OPS.

The 26-year-old expressed frustration over the matter in comments to WEEI on Tuesday.

“These past few years every time I’ve come up just short even though my numbers have been up there or better than most of the guys,” Bogaerts told Tuesday. “It’s just so weird. I just miss out when in my opinion I should have been there. I just feel like it’s a routine, every year the same thing. It’s kind of getting annoying. But I don’t know what to do.”

Bogaerts made the Final Vote twice but lost to Mike Moustakas both times.

He is having an All-Star-worthy season and should be tabbed for the team. One problem he’s facing this year is Twins, Yankees and Indians fans have done a great job voting for their players. Another issue in the past has been the competition at the position, which has been stacked with quality players like Manny Machado, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, as well as Correa and Lindor.

Bogaerts signed a six-year, $120 million extension in March, showing how much the Red Sox value him. The money won’t buy him a spot on the All-Star team though, and not making it is bothersome to Bogaerts.

Another star Red Sox player opts out of White House visit

The Boston Red Sox are getting set to visit the White House on Thursday to be recognized for winning the World Series, but they will be doing so without their manager and several key players.

On Sunday, Alex Cora announced that he will not be making the trip to Washington, D.C. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts later revealed that he will also stay home, though he did not say why.

Cora explained in a statement that he is not joining the team at the White House because he disagrees with the way Donald Trump has handled the relief efforts from Hurricane Maria, which ripped through Cora’s home nation of Puerto Rico in September 2017. Bogaerts will join Cora and teammates Mookie Betts, David Price, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez, among others. Like Bogaerts, Price didn’t go into detail about why he will not visit the White House, only offering a vague reason for his decision.

Athletes opting to pass on visiting the White House after winning championships is something that has been happening since Trump took office, and it will likely continue for as long as he remains president.

Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts reportedly finalizing $132 million contract

The Boston Red Sox are working hard to keep many of their core players together for the future and appear to have locked up another one.

The Sox and shortstop Xander Bogaerts are finalizing a 7-year, $132 million contract extension, as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The contract will include an opt-out, Passan says.

Bogaerts was one of the players the Red Sox feared losing after the season. The 26-year-old was heading for unrestricted free agency, but this would keep him with the club for the foreseeable future.

This extension comes a week after the Sox gave pitcher Chris Sale a 5-year, $150 million contract.

Though Boston still has some big questions looming — will JD Martinez exercise any of his opt-out clauses and will they be able to re-sign Mookie Betts — this provides some nice insurance about their core moving forward. Boston will now have Sale, David Price, Bogaerts and Nathan Eovaldi signed through 2022, with Martinez under contract unless he opts out.

Bogaerts is a one-time All-Star and career .283 hitter with a .772 OPS. Given how tough it is to find a good shortstop, he provides good value at a premium position.

Xander Bogaerts: Red Sox ‘deserved’ opportunity to celebrate with Yanks’ song

The Boston Red Sox were not exactly humble after defeating the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALDS on Tuesday night, but shortstop Xander Bogaerts feels his team earned the opportunity to celebrate the way it did.

Just 19 days after they celebrated their AL East-clinching win in The Bronx, the Red Sox were once again spraying champagne all over the clubhouse of Yankee Stadium. This time, their choice in celebration music included “New York, New York,” which is the song the Yankees play after home wins.

Some saw that as a sign of disrespect, but Bogaerts says the Red Sox “deserved” it.

If you don’t know the backstory, you might be more inclined to think playing that particular song was a classless move from the Yankees’ most hated rivals. However, Aaron Judge seemingly fired the first shot when he played the same song while walking by the home team’s clubhouse at Fenway Park following his team’s win in Game 2. Bogaerts was likely referring to the way the Red Sox played in New York when he said they deserved to be able to celebrate like that, but Judge’s troll job from over the weekend almost certainly was a factor.

X-rays on Xander Bogaerts negative after HBP

Xander Bogaerts HBP

The Boston Red Sox got some good news about the status of Xander Bogaerts following a scare on Tuesday night.

Bogaerts was hit in the hand during the ninth inning of Boston’s 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bogaerts was hit in the same spot as last July, which caused additional worry among fans; the shortstop struggled the rest of July and through August last year after being hit.

Some moderately good news came after the game when X-rays on Bogaerts were negative.

Based on how last year’s HBP slowed him down, Bogaerts isn’t completely clear. But just having a contusion versus a fracture is good news.

Xander Bogaerts under fire for no-showing charity event

Xander Bogaerts is not winning himself any fans in the state of New Jersey.

The Boston Red Sox shortstop was put on blast Thursday by a Luxe Autos dealership in Bayonne, New Jersey for supposedly no-showing a scheduled autograph signing over the weekend.

“There were over 200 people who appeared to this event, only to be left disappointed,” the dealership wrote in a press release, per Joshua Jongsma of “There were fans who were lined up at the Luxe Autos entrance starting at 5:30 a.m., those traveling from near and far, including a few fans who came all the way from Boston, were left devastated.

“For one of the league’s ‘nicest’ players, it was a huge surprise to all that he singlehandedly let down all of his fans this Saturday,” they concluded

The release added that the event, a breakfast meet-and-greet which had been planned for three months, benefited Bogaert’s Dare to Dream Foundation, which supports youth baseball. Luxe Autos also said they attempted to reach Bogaerts in the days since for an explanation but did not receive a response.

Bogaerts, 25, is batting .276 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs for the division-leading Red Sox this season. If he did indeed bail on the event, that’s probably even worse than the last time that he embarrassed himself.