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Alex Cora and Xander Bogaerts expresses their disappointment in shortstop's All-Star vote standing

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Alex Cora and Xander Bogaerts expresses their disappointment in shortstop's All-Star vote standing

Xander Bogaerts is currently sixth among AL shortstops in All-Star voting, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora is not pleased with that fact. 

In an interview on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Cora expressed his disappointment in the voting process that finds Bogaerts behind Jorge Polanco, Carlos Correa, Gleyber Torres, Tim Anderson and Francisco Lindor. 

"I can’t get involved in the voting, but what I saw yesterday I was a little bit disappointed," Cora said. "This kid is one of the best shortstops in the league and if you look at his numbers, what he’s doing is amazing."

Bogaerts also let his frustrations be known to WEEI, saying the voting system is, "just so weird."

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. 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.

In what has been an underwhelming and inconsistent year for the defending champion Red Sox, Bogaerts has been their rock in the lineup, posting a .301/.392/.539 slash line with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and a league-leading 22 doubles. 

Cora noted Bogaerts commitment to driving the ball rather than just making contact on pitches, and it yielded great results in 2018, where he belted a career-high 23 home runs, drove in a career-high 103 runs and posted a .522 slugging percentage that bested his next highest mark in that category by 76 points. That output at the plate and his reliable glove at short gave the Red Sox confidence to give him a six-year, $120 million contract extension

"He brings a calming presence to our lineup, defensively too and in the clubhouse," Cora said. "We made a big commitment to Xander after opening day, and he understands what that means."

The Red Sox are doing their part in campaigning for Bogaerts to earn his second All-Star selection,  so maybe this bit of noise from Cora and the team will kickstart fans to vote for him some more. 

Whether he gets voted in or not, Cora and the Red Sox have the advantage of having him in the lineup for the foreseeable future. 

"He’s been a force, he’s been great and I’m happy that he’s my shortstop."

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

MLB Rumors: Red Sox among teams to evaluate Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

As the July 31 trade deadline quickly approaches, the Red Sox will need to bolster their bullpen and starting rotation if they want to make another run at back-to-back World Series championships. 

They already have reported interest in starters like Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman, and now they seem to have eyes on some much-needed bullpen help. 

According to Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are among teams evaluated Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson as several clubs have shown interest in trading for the 32-year-old right-hander. 

Hudson has appeared in 40 games this season for Toronto, posting a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts over 43 innings. Morosi notes that over his last 16 outings, Hudson has been excellent, sporting a 0.93 ERA. 

The Red Sox are expected to be buyers at the trade deadline, with their biggest needs on the mound. If they expect to make any sort of run in the postseason or get into the playoffs for that matter, they will need to acquire pitchers. Hudson could go a long way in stabilizing what has been a disastrous group of relievers this season. 

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Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

Highlights of Red Sox' 5-0 loss to Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0

IN BRIEF: Journeyman right-hander Asher Wojciechowski no-hit the Red Sox for six innings for his first win since 2017 as the lowly Orioles held the Sox to one hit in a 5-0 victory in 100-degree heat in Baltimore to take two out of three from Boston. BOX SCORE
 

RED SOX RECORD: 54-46

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Mancini homers to center on a 0-0 pitch from Cashner (1-0, BAL).

2nd inning:
Smith Jr. walked, moved to second on Severino's groundout, Davis doubled to left, scoring Smith Jr. (4-0, BAL).

3rd inning:
Villar hits an infield single to second, Mancini hits a two-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch from Cashner (4-0, BAL).

5th inning:
WOJCIECHOWSKI 9TH STRIKEOUT, KEEPS NO-HITTER ALIVE:

9th inning:
(Hembree replaces Walden on the mound) Villar homers to center on a 1-0 pitch (5-0, BAL).

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