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Did umps botch review of Xander Bogaerts' out call in Red Sox-A's?

Did umps botch review of Xander Bogaerts' out call in Red Sox-A's?

Xander Bogaerts got a shiny new contract extension Monday, but the umpires weren't interested in paying him any favors.

The Red Sox shortstop recorded two of Boston's four hits in a disappointing 7-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics late Monday night.

He also was involved in a controversial call at home plate: During the second inning, Bogaerts tried to score from second base on a Mitch Moreland single but was called out at home plate after a cannon of a throw from A's center fielder Ramon Laureano.

 

Red Sox manager Alex Cora challenged the ruling on the field, but after a lengthy review, the umpires upheld Bogaerts' "out" call and denied the Red Sox what would be their lone run.

You'd think a review would yield the correct call, right? Well, a screenshot from NBC Sports Bay Area's broadcast of the game seems to show otherwise:

It sure looks like Bogaerts' foot touches home plate well before the tag is applied. We're assuming the umpire crew had this same view while reviewing the play, so it's pretty surprising they didn't overturn the call. Maybe we need those robot umps to take over, after all.

Alas, one run wouldn't have changed much Monday night, as Red Sox starter David Price got lit up for four runs over six innings while Boston's offense couldn't get anything going off Oakland starter Aaron Brooks.

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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