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MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts selected as replacement

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MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts selected as replacement

Xander Bogaerts is going to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game after all.

The Boston Red Sox star should have been the starter (or at least a reserve) at shortstop for the American League in the Midsummer Classic, so it was encouraging to see Major League Baseball send him to Cleveland as a replacement Wednesday. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios will join Bogarts on the AL squad. The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 9 at Progressive Field.

Bogaerts joins Red Sox teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez as reserves on the AL All-Star team. 

The 26-year-old Bogaerts is batting .301 with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage in 82 games for the Red Sox this season.

He's consistently been one of Boston's best players all year, and he leads all AL shortstops in home runs, RBI, runs, doubles and OBP.

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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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