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Donald Trump credits himself for Red Sox hot streak after White House visit

Donald Trump credits himself for Red Sox hot streak after White House visit

The Boston Red Sox played some inspired baseball this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.

Inspired, perhaps, by the President of the United States?

That's what the President of the United States seems to think. Following Boston's sweep of the Mariners, Donald Trump drew a correlation between the Red Sox's visit to the White House on Thursday and their current torrid pace.

It's true the Red Sox haven't lost since their squad -- minus Alex Cora, Mookie Betts, David Price, Xander Bogaerts and several others -- shook Trump's hand on the South Lawn.

It's also true they've played just three games since Thursday and been scorching hot well before visiting Washington D.C., going 8-2 in their previous 10 games before Thursday.

But if Trump wants to take credit for the turnaround of the 2019 Red Sox, so be it. He'll just give fans an easy scapegoat if things go south again.

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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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