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Xander Bogaerts is first AL SS with 30 HR, 100 RBI season since 2004

Xander Bogaerts is first AL SS with 30 HR, 100 RBI season since 2004

What a season it's been for Xander Bogaerts.

The Red Sox' star shortstop clubbed two home runs on Wednesday night vs. the Colorado Rockies to reach the 30 HR, 100 RBI mark on the year. Bogaerts is the first Sox shortstop to notch at least 30 homers since Nomar Garciaparra in 1998 (35 HR).

Here's the first homer of the night:

And here's the second, which brought Bogaerts to exactly 30 HR and 100 RBI on the season.

With that blast, Bogaerts became the first American League shortstop to have a 30 HR, 100 RBI campaign since Miguel Tejada in 2004 (34 HR, 150 RBI with the Orioles).

It's still August, by the way.

Bogaerts arguably has been the Red Sox' most consistent player along with third baseman Rafael Devers. In fact, the duo is on pace to become the first MLB teammates ever to crush at least 30 homers and 50 doubles in a season.

It's been a down season in Boston, but Red Sox fans at least can take solace the fact they'll have both Bogaerts and Devers around for the foreseeable future.

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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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