Red Sox Really Would Like Xander Bogaerts To Stop Sliding Into First Base

Red Sox Really Would Like Xander Bogaerts To Stop Sliding Into First Base

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts

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Xander Bogaerts is in the midst of what looks like the best season of his career. The last thing the Boston Red Sox want is to lose the shortstop for an extended period of time.

So it should come as no surprise that manager Alex Cora hopes to help rid Bogaerts of one of his most dangerous habits: sliding into first base.

As The Boston Globe pointed out, Bogaerts has slid into first base three times this season. He did so again Saturday, and it’s something the Red Sox want to nip in the bud.

“I talked to him a little bit (Saturday),” Cora said before Sunday’s game with the Seattle Mariners, per the Globe. “I don’t know. We’ll keep talking about it and hopefully, it will stop.”

Sliding headfirst into first base isn’t the smartest idea. It’s rarely necessary (other than on plays where the throw is off target, and a slide is used to avoid a tag), and it’s widely believed sliding slows down a runner. But Cora and the Red Sox simply have Bogaerts’ health in mind when it comes to this edict.

“I think it’s more about (staying) healthy, forget about being safe at first,” Cora continued. “It’s just about health. We’ll see if we can make him stop. It’s like an everyday thing.”

Bogaerts, meanwhile, doesn’t sound ready to stop: “If I feel like diving, I’ll do it,” he told reporters, according to the Globe.

That’s ultimately his prerogative, and short of disciplining the shortstop, there’s not much the club can get him to do to stop.

That being said, it really would benefit the club for Bogaerts to kick the habit. He’s been one of their best players this season, hitting .279 with 12 home runs (he hit another one Sunday) and 41 RBIs in just 56 games.

Furthermore, Bogaerts knows better than anyone the kind of impact a hand or finger injury can have on a hitter. After taking a pitch to the hand midway through last season, Bogaerts was never the same hitter, finishing the season with only 10 home runs and settling largely for poor contact.

So it should come as no surprise the Red Sox prefer to avoid a repeat of that this season on the base paths.

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez is hosting a feast at Fenway Park

Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez is hosting a feast at Fenway Park

Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez is welcoming fans to celebrate a night of baseball, food, and drink at Fenway Park.

The second annual Feast with 45 is scheduled to take place June 29 — the same night as the first game of the Red Sox-Yankees series later this month. While the rivals face off in the Bronx, Boston will still be bustling to the tune of good eats.

Fans in attendance will get to taste dishes from over 45 renowned chefs in Boston, including Nick Calias of Brasserie JO, Jason Santos of Citrus & Salt, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ, and Allen Campbell (former personal chef of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady) of Raw Body Foods.

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Retired MLB All-Star Vladamir Guerrero and former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek are among the players expected to be in attendance.

All proceeds from Feast with 45 will benefit the Pedro Martinez Charity, which has become a cornerstone to Martinez’s life after retirement. He and his wife, Carolina — who is executive director of the charity — have made giving back a priority.

“What do you do with everything you’ve become if you don’t help and use your platform to impact other people’s lives?” Carolina told Boston.com. “That’s really the engine that continues to inspire us. We don’t necessarily seek inspiration from outside of who we are, just because both of us received an opportunity, so that’s exactly what we are looking to do and who we want to become for others. We want to be able to open doors that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to access or afford.”

Since leaving professional baseball in 2009, Martinez has continued to stay active in the city of Boston  — both via his charitable efforts and work with the Red Sox. He also watched Game 3 of the Bruins-Lightning series with hockey legend Bobby Orr and returned to the mound for the Red Sox alumni game.

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“It’s a new way of experiencing Boston and the Boston fanbase,” Carolina said.

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M's fall, split 4-game set with Bosox

M's fall, split 4-game set with Bosox

SEATTLE (AP) — Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday.

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

Andrew Benintendi and Bogaerts began Boston’s rally with a pair of singles. J.D. Martinez drew a nine pitch walk to load the bases before Mitch Moreland drove in two with a single to centerfield, and Devers followed with a blast off the Hit It Here Cafe in right field to give Boston a 5-0 lead.

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs.

Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen in left centerfield, his 12th of the season.

Facing left-hander Roenis Elias in the eighth, Benintendi extended Boston’s lead to 9-2 with a sacrifice fly to center.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his sixth straight win in as many starts, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Rodriguez (9-1) has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his starts during his winning streak.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their order against Rodriguez in the fifth, but managed just one run. Jean Segura cut Seattle’s deficit to 5-2 with a fielder’s choice, but Seattle’s rally was cut short following back-to-back fly outs from Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz.

Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet in to the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle’s deficit to 5-1. In the eighth, Ryon Healy doubled down the left field line, scoring Cruz to make it 9-3.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Nick Vincent (groin) is scheduled to make a rehab start with AAA Tacoma on Monday, then make a rehab appearance with AA Arkansas on Wednesday before joining the Mariners during their three game series in Boston beginning Friday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Chris Sale (6-4, 2.75 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox continue their road trip against the Twins on Tuesday. Sale has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts and has nine starts this season allowing one or fewer earned runs.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales (7-3, 3.42) goes for his sixth win in as many starts when the Mariners begin a 10-game road trip against the Yankees on Tuesday. Gonzalez has allowed just six earned runs in his last six starts combined.

Red Sox Offense Breaks Out Vs. Mariners After Brief Hitting Slump

Red Sox Offense Breaks Out Vs. Mariners After Brief Hitting Slump

The Boston Red Sox’s offense was due for a loud game at the plate.

After squeaking out a 2-1 win in the series opener against the Seattle Mariners, Boston’s bats endured a 17-inning scoreless streak spanning over the following two games (both losses) and the start of Sunday’s series finale at Safeco Field.

That drought came to an end in the third inning, however, as the Sox posted five runs in the frame en route to a 9-3 win to ensure a series split.

After the game, Mitch Moreland caught up with NESN’s Guerin Austin to explain how the offense broke out of its mini-slump. To hear from Moreland, check out the video above from “Red Sox Extra Innings,” presented by W.B. Mason.

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Why Red Sox's Alex Cora Is Surprised Hanley Ramirez Remains Unsigned

Why Red Sox's Alex Cora Is Surprised Hanley Ramirez Remains Unsigned

MLB free agent Hanley Ramirez

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Boston Red Sox released Hanley Ramirez, but the slugging first baseman remains on the free agent market.

That comes as a surprise to many, including the man responsible for Ramirez’s release.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora recommended the team cut ties with the 34-year-old, but that doesn’t mean he believes Ramirez is washed up. In fact, Cora expected Ramirez to have a new home by now.

“I mean, I’ve got my job here, I’m the manager of the Red Sox, so I can’t, like, relate to the other GMs or the managers,” Cora recently told the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato. “It’s the nature of the game. There’s a lot of guys that, last year they played and they’re not playing this year or they’re in Triple-A. So, I don’t know. I don’t know what to think.

“Like I said, he’s healthy and willing to work with a good attitude. I thought it was going to happen earlier, but now, it’s a little bit of a surprise. But it’s just the way it is.”

Ramirez’s days as a consistent, middle-of-the-order force likely are behind him. He was batting just .254 with seven homers through 44 games before his release, an uninspiring encore to his .242, 23-homer performance last season.

Still, Ramirez is a proven postseason performer, and one who has a reputation for hitting good pitching, so it likely won’t be much longer before a contender snatches him up.

Red Sox Wrap: Sox Cough Up Three-Run Lead In 7-6 Loss To Mariners

Red Sox Wrap: Sox Cough Up Three-Run Lead In 7-6 Loss To Mariners

Ben Gamel

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What looked to be an impressive comeback for the Boston Red Sox ended up being just the opposite.

The Red Sox blew a three-run lead Friday night in a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Trailing 3-0 in the third, Boston tallied six runs to give themselves a comfortable advantage. It slowly slipped away in the ensuing innings, however, capped off by Denard Span’s two-run double in the eighth to put Seattle up by the decisive margin.

The Red Sox fall to 48-23 with the loss, while the Mariners climb to 45-25 with the win.

Here’s how it all went down:

GAME IN A WORD
Turnaround.

Each team had their own impressive turnaround, with both sides eliminating three-run deficits.

ON THE BUMP
— Rick Porcello’s night got off to a bumpy start, but after the Red Sox gave him some run support he managed to preserve the lead. He finished his six innings of work having allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

It didn’t take long for the righty to put the Sox in a hole, surrendering a solo shot to Jean Segura with one out in the first inning.

The Sox deficit grew the following frame, with Seattle plating two more runs. After Kyle Seager doubled and Ryon Healy singled to lead off the inning, Ben Gamel grounded out, scoring Seager in the process. Then with two outs, Mike Zunino drove in Healy to make it 3-0 after the catcher’s grounder caught the bag at third base and went over Rafael Devers. Porcello then got the next out to end the stanza.

After 1-2-3 third and fourth innings, the 29-year-old got himself back into trouble in the fifth. With the Sox ahead 6-3, the Mariners put runners on first and second with two outs, and Mitch Haniger drove a run in on a single to left to make it 6-4. After Porcello walked Nelson Cruz the next at-bat to load the bases, he induced a grounder from Seager to end the inning.

Porcello pitched a 1-2-3 sixth in his final inning of work.

— Heath Hembree entered with a clean seventh and surrendered a solo home run to Zunino, the first batter he faced, cutting Boston’s advantage to one run. He walked a batter with two outs, but got Cruz to fly out to end the inning.

— Matt Barnes was responsible for the blown lead, allowing runners to reach first and second with one out with the Sox ahead 6-5. After getting pinch-hitter Span into a 2-2 count, the outfielder ripped a ball down the right field line, scoring both runners. The reliever got the next two batters out to end the inning.

IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— It was a wild third inning for the Sox, as they erased a three-run deficit by plating six runs of their own. With Jackie Bradley Jr. on third and Mookie Betts on first with one out, Brock Holt drove in Bradley Jr. with a single to left to cut the lead to two.

After J.D. Martinez loaded the bases with a single of his own, Mitch Moreland brought in a pair more to tie the game after Seager misplayed the the first baseman’s broken-bat chopper.

That’s when Bogaerts stepped in and came through with a huge three-run shot to make it 6-3.

— The Red Sox had a chance to add insurance in the eighth, putting runners on first and second with no outs, then loading the bases with two down, but were unable to cash in.

— The Red Sox put runners on first and second in the ninth with one out, but couldn’t find an equalizer.

— Betts, Martinez and Devers led Boston with two hits apiece. Holt, Bogaerts and Bradley Jr. each had one, while all other Red Sox went hitless.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Two dingers in as many nights for the shortstop.

UP NEXT
The two sides will continue their four-game set Saturday night, with first pitch from Safeco Field set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Steven Wright is expected to get the ball for Boston and will be opposed by Wade LeBlanc.