• Red Sox Vs. Astros Lineups: Kiké Hernández, Alex Verdugo Return To Top Of Boston's Batting Order

    11 days ago - By NESN

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    The Boston Red Sox are reaching into their old back of tricks in order to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros.
    Kiké Hernández and Alex Verdugo return to the top of the Red Sox batting order Thursday at Fenway Park for their series finale against the Houston Astros. Verdugo missed the first two games of the set due to back tightness. Hernández played both recent games against the Astros but batted at or near the bottom of the order.
    Hernández on Thursday starts in center field and leads off for the first time since June 2. Verdugo bats second and plays left...
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  • Bobby Dalbec Explains Self-Imposed Pressure Amid Hitting Woes

    11 days ago - By NESN

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    Bobby Dalbec is his own toughest critic.
    We haven't seen much at the plate thus far this season from the Red Sox first baseman, who's batting .185 on the campaign heading into Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros. Most knew Dalbec was a likely candidate to rack up strikeouts, but there just hasn't been enough pop from the 25-year-old to excuse the Ks.
    Dalbec knows the kind of damage he's capable of doing at the plate, which has made these ongoing struggles even tougher to deal with.
    “The pressure I put on myself is because I know what I can do and I know I'm...
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  • Bogaerts teases potential opt-out: 'Guys are getting what they deserve'

    11 days ago - By TheScore

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts can opt out of his contract following the 2022 season, and the two-time All-Star seems to be leaning toward doing so. "At that time when I signed, I knew I had some good years, but they weren't as good as they have been these last couple of years," Bogaerts recently said, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI. "I knew I was a good player, but I've taken it to another level since then." Bogaerts signed a six-year, $120-million deal with Boston early in the 2019 campaign that kicked in for the 2020 season. By the end of 2022, he'll be through three...
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  • Xander Bogaerts Explains Mindset Regarding Red Sox Contract Status

    Xander Bogaerts Explains Mindset Regarding Red Sox Contract Status

    12 days ago - By NESN

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    Xander Bogaerts is well aware of his new normal.
    Now, in his ninth season with the Boston Red Sox, he isn't just a really good player. He's arguably the best shortstop in Major League Baseball.
    As such, the six-year, $120 million contract extension Bogaerts signed in 2019 looks like a bargain , especially with fellow shortstops Francisco Lindor and Fernando Tatis Jr. since receiving massive paydays .
    “At that time when I signed, I knew I had some good years, but they weren't as good as they have been these last couple of years,” Bogaerts recently told WEEI's Rob Bradford...
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