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07/07/2015 - 9:56pm
Bogaerts' clutch single leads Sox over Marlins

Facing arguably the five biggest games of the season leading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox kicked those games off in style.

Trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Red Sox scored three times to take a 4-3 lead and held on for the win over the Marlins in the first of a two-game series. It was their third straight win and they have now won eight of their last 11.

Stepping to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh against weird-throwing reliever Carter Capps, Xander Bogaerts fouled off multiple pitches and worked a full count before lining a single to right center field, which scored all three runners who were off with the pitch for what proved to be the game-winning hit. Per Elias Sports, it was the first three-run single by a Red Sox hitter since Gary Allenson in 1982.

Bogaerts came into the at-bat the Red Sox’ best hitter with runners in scoring position, hitting .379, the fourth-best...

07/07/2015 - 8:24pm
Bogaerts makes push for final All-Star spot

Xander Bogaerts would love to be an All-Star, but now it’s in the hands of the fans.

Bogaerts is a candidate for the final vote after Royals manager Ned Yost made utilityman Brock Holt the team’s lone All-Star.

“It’s been an honor to be mentioned in that category in the Final Vote,” Bogaerts said on Tuesday. “I’m definitely happy for Brock, good teammate, good friend of mine. We’ll see what happens. The main focus right now is just helping the team win. We’ve got a huge homestand right now with [the Marlins], especially the Yankees coming in. Just trying to keep focused right there.

“At least I have another chance. It’s not that I’m completely out. I have a chance with the...

07/07/2015 - 7:41pm
Napoli believes: 'I'm a good baseball player'

Mike Napoli isn’t giving up, but the clock is ticking on his Red Sox career.

The slumping first baseman was once again benched on Tuesday night, this time in favor of Triple A call-up Travis Shaw. Napoli is hitting just .192 and hasn’t started since Saturday (he finished Sunday’s win over the Astros as a defensive replacement).

He spent time before Tuesday’s game in the cage with hitting coaches Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez. He’s confident he’ll find a way to regain his form.

“I wake up every day thinking, ‘Today is the day,'” Napoli said. “I’m a confident person. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I know I’m one swing away from feeling what I need to feel. I’...

07/07/2015 - 5:34pm
Farrell: 'A lot of thought' of Ortiz at 1B again

The Red Sox are remaining patient with first baseman Mike Napoli, but at some point that patience will need to result in him performing on the field.

Napoli is currently batting .168 since June 1 with just two home runs and eight RBIs, while striking out 35 times in 113 plate appearances. After a 1-for-17 most recent stretch, he was given the day off Sunday with David Ortiz playing first base and will be off again Tuesday as recalled first/third baseman Travis Shaw gets the nod at first, giving Napoli a chance to work on regaining his confidence.

“[He will] continue to work through the challenges he’s finding himself in right now,...

07/07/2015 - 5:07pm
Sox lineup: Shaw starts at 1B, Napoli out again

Right-hander Steven Wright was optioned to Pawtucket after Justin Masterson was shifted to the bullpen, allowing the Red Sox to promote infielder Travis Shaw to the big club for Tuesday’s series opener with the Marlins.

Shaw will play first base and bat eighth in the order Tuesday, as Mike Napoli is out of the lineup again.

Shane Victorino will also get another start in right field for his third game back with the Red Sox since returning from the disabled...

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