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Red Sox's Bogaerts ready to lead after Betts' departure

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has grown accustomed to being on big stages during his first seven years in the major leagues.

He won a World Series ring as a rookie with the Red Sox in 2013 and became a full-time starter the following season. He's since earned another ring in 2018 and followed that up last year by becoming the first Boston shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra to post 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in a season. It helped Bogaerts earn his second All-Star selection, third Silver Slugger award and a fifth-place finish in American League MVP balloting.

Now, as the Red Sox prepare for the shortened 2020 season with low expectations after trading 2018 MVP Mookie Betts and left-hander David Price to the Dodgers, the 27-year-old Bogaerts believes he's ready to step into a leadership role.

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Leaders
AVG: R. Devers.311
HR: J. Martinez36
RBI: X. Bogaerts117
SB: M. Betts16
W: E. Rodriguez19
ERA: E. Rodriguez3.81
Saves: B. Workman16
K: C. Sale218
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .269 (3)
Runs: 901 (4)
Hits: 1554 (1)
Home Runs: 245 (10)
Stolen Bases: 68 (16)
OBP: .340 (3)
SLG: .466 (5)
Total Bases: 2688 (4)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.70 (19)
Runs Allowed: 828 (20)
Saves: 33 (21)
Strikeouts: 1633 (2)
OpBA: .251 (13)
OBP: .330 (20)
SLG: .431 (16)
Run Support: 5.51 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/3 C. Simpson Signed to a Minor League Contract
6/28 C. Sale Placed on 60-Day IL (Left elbow surgery - out for season)
4/13 S. Pearce Retired
3/26 C. Brewer Sent to Minors
3/26 M. Hall Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/4 D. Hernandez COVID-19 protocol for positive test (day-to-day)
7/4 J. Taylor COVID-19 protocol for positive test (day-to-day)
6/28 C. Sale Left elbow surgery - out for season (on 60-day IL)
3/1 Y. Muñoz Strained left hamstring (day-to-day)
2/27 C. Sale Recovery from pneumonia (day-to-day)
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