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Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts shrugs off All-Star voting snub

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Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts shrugs off All-Star voting snub

There's no reasonable explanation for Xander Bogaerts not being a finalist to start in this year's All-Star Game.

Bogaerts entered Saturday's game leading all American League shortstops in both home runs (14) and RBI (50). He's also second in OPS (.936), trailing only Twins phenom Jorge Polanco.

Unfortunately, those standout numbers weren't enough to garner attention from All-Star voters. Polanco, Gleyber Torres (Yankees) and Carlos Correa (Astros) each received more votes than Bogaerts and were named finalists.

Despite the nonsensical results, Bogaerts is taking the high road. He shrugged off the news of his snub following Friday night's win over the Blue Jays.

Bogaerts and Sox manager Alex Cora, saw the snub coming from a mile away. When it was revealed earlier this week the 26-year-old was sixth among AL shortstops in the voting, Bogaerts expressed his confusion while Cora emphasized his disappointment.

While Bogaerts unfortunately misses out on a chance to start in the midsummer classic, his teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez were named finalists for their respective positions.

Third baseman Rafael Devers, who's also enjoying a standout 2019 campaign, is another notable snub on Boston's roster.

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Watch Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway Park debut

Watch Mike Yastrzemski hit solo home run in Fenway Park debut

Following a standing ovation at Fenway Park, Mike Yastrzemski did not disappoint a few innings later.

In his debut at Fenway, the grandson of Carl Yastrzemski blasted a solo home run to center field in the fourth inning off Nathan Eovaldi to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox. 

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What an unbelievable moment. For the first time in 36 years, a Yastrzemski has hit a home run at Fenway Park. 

This was young Yaz's 20th homer of the season. Unfortunately, his grandfather was not in attendance as he left before the game because he was too nervous to watch in person (he conducted interviews with his grandson at the park Tuesday afternoon). However, he was watching at home and will be at Fenway to watch his grandson play on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Yazstremski hit a home run to center field in his third at-bat in the fourth inning off Nathan Eovaldi to extend the Giants 5-1 lead. It was his 20th homer of the season.

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. 

In his first at-bat, the Fenway faithful rose to their feet and gave the younger Yaz a well-deserved standing ovation.

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Playing at Fenway is something he's always dreamed of, and before he took the field, he noted he was looking forward to soaking in and appreciating the experience. 

Although he was excited to take the same field and patrol the same position in left field in front of the Green Monster where his grandfather once played, Yastrzemski noted that being in the stands for the 1999 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Fenway were more overwhelming than the thought of actually playing in Boston. 

Playing in such a historic ballpark is memorable to begin with, but Yastrzemski, 29, will be battling some pretty tough expectations throughout the Giants' three-game series at Fenway. It doesn't seem like he'll let that get to him though.

The Andover, Mass., native is putting together a nice rookie season for the Giants with a .265 batting average, 19 home runs, 51 RBI and a .833 OPS. What's more interesting about those stats, though, is that they almost mirror his grandfather's rookie season with Boston -- .266 with 11 homers, 80 RBI and a .721 OPS. 

Before the game, Yastrzemski and his grandfather took a stroll through left. We can only imagine what they talked about -- probably discussing how to play the Monster. 

While the younger Yaz had plenty of family watching him make his Fenway debut. His 80-year-old grandfather left the park before the game began (he said he'd be too nervous to watch in person) but said he'll be back at Fenway for the games Wednesday and Thursday. 

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