Showing signs of life, Xander Bogaerts hits leadoff for Red Sox


Less than two weeks ago, Xander Bogaerts was in such a funk — bothered by nagging injuries, slumping badly at the plate — that he was held out of the Red Sox lineup three games in a row. The hope was the that he could recover physically and mentally, and perhaps regain some of his early season production. 

So far, so good. 

After a three-hit game last night, Bogaerts is batting .333 in his past five games, and tonight he’s in the leadoff spot. Bogaerts has said he’s feeling more like himself. 

“Can’t overstate his importance to us,” manager John Farrell said. “Hopefully through the week you’ve mentioned and he’s referenced, that there’s some self-confidence that’s starting to grow on his part. Because as we’ve seen Mookie (Betts) last night getting back to his normal approach at the plate, when they’re right — and I put Bogey in that same category — when they’re right, they make a world of difference to this offense.”

Having Bogaerts back to his old self would be especially helpful while Eduardo Nunez is sidelined with a bruised and sprained right knee. Nunez is showing positive signs of improvement, but it’s still several days from baseball activities. 

“The swelling that was present has really subsided substantially,” Farrell said. “The range of motion has returned, but as far as baseball activities we won’t first approach that until the weekend. But the rehab, the strengthening, and the range of motion has improved today.”

RED SOX (82-62) vs. ATHLETICS (63-81)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.; TV: NESN and ESPN; Radio: WEEI 93.7 FM, WCEC 1490 AM/103.7 FM

RED SOX

  1. Bogaerts SS
  2. Pedroia 2B
  3. Benintendi LF
  4. Betts RF
  5. Moreland 1B
  6. Ramirez DH
  7. Devers 3B
  8. Leon C
  9. Bradley Jr. CF

RHP Fister (5-7, 3.91)

ATHLETICS

  1. Semien SS
  2. Joyce LF
  3. Lowrie 2B
  4. Davis DH
  5. Olson 1B
  6. Pinder RF
  7. Maxwell C
  8. Chapman 3B
  9. Powell CF

RHP Cotton (7-10, 5.82)



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