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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. speaks with David Ortiz, shares encouraging update on Red Sox legend

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. speaks with David Ortiz, shares encouraging update on Red Sox legend

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in town this weekend as the Blue Jays begin a three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The 20-year-old phenom's first order of business upon arrival in Boston was checking in with family friend David Ortiz, who was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9. Guerrero's relationship with Ortiz goes back to when both the former Red Sox slugger and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. were in the prime of their respective baseball careers.

“We have a great relationship,” Guerrero Jr. said before Friday's game through a translator, per Jessica Camerato of MLB.com. “Actually, this morning I spoke with David and there is a chance tomorrow I will go to see him.”

Ortiz continues to recover at Mass General Hospital from his two surgeries, but his condition was upgraded to "good" on Wednesday. Vlad Jr. provided another encouraging update on Big Papi's health.

“Thank God, he sounds very good,” Guerrero Jr. said. “He feels very well right now. And that’s all the Dominican wants and all baseball wants, is for him to feel very well.”

On Wednesday, Dominican officials insisted Ortiz was not the intended target in the shooting and the attack was meant to be on his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.

After getting off to a slow start to his rookie season, Vlad Jr. is beginning to come into his own. The young slugger entered Friday's game hitting .249 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.

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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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