OAKLAND, Calif. — Xander Bogaerts further established himself as a great Red Sox Friday night at Oakland Coliseum.
The three-time All-Star became the team leader in games played at shortstop (1,094), surpassing Everett Scott, who played in 1,093 games at that position from 1914 to 1921.
Bogaerts, who made his major league debut in 2013, said it would be a special moment despite being deep in the grind of the season.
“Time has passed quickly,” Bogaerrts said before the game against Athletics. “I’m blessed. I mean, it’s definitely something that I thought would never have happened in the minors. It’s going to be special. Obviously during the season it’s a little hard to think about all that But it’s gonna be fun for me when I’m in a hotel room with my family. [to reflect on that].”
Bogaerts said his goal had never been to reach so many games. It was a far-fetched dream, considering how hard it was to get to the major leagues.
“The goal is to get up in the league and stay,” he said. “You have a lot of guys in the minors, working hard and they’re just trying to get into the big leagues. Wanting to achieve the same thing and staying in the big leagues is difficult in itself. I would never have imagined such a thing. »
Bogaerts entered the day hitting .323/.393/.473 with five home runs and an .866 OPS. Even with those numbers, manager Alex Cora said the Sox shortstop still had a passion for reaching new heights.
“He is never satisfied. He wants to keep improving and we are very proud of him,” Cora said. “[It’s such] a great accomplishment in an organization that is very historic. And there have been a lot of good players who have played for us.
Bobby Dalbec excited for Derrick White
Bobby Dalbec couldn’t help but smile when he saw his high school pal, Celtics guard Derrick White, put on a show in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors. White picked up 21 points in his side’s 120-108 victory, making him the fifth Celtic with more than 20 points off the bench in a final game.
“Those clutch threes. It was so cool,” Dalbec said. “I was fist-pumping in my hotel room all alone.”
White and Dalbec’s friendship dates back to when the two played on the same basketball team at Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. They remained friends, although Dalbec said he did not text White after his breakthrough performance.
“He has a billion people texting him,” Dalbec said. “I talk to him after every series they win. It works. So keep it light.
Jacke Bradley’s family is growing
Jackie Bradley Jr. flew from Oakland to his home in Florida to welcome the birth of his daughter, Elle.
Jarren Duran will take Bradley’s place while Bradley is on paternity leave and has been activated in time for Friday’s game. Duran will play the next two games against the A’s.
Chris Sale feels better
Chris Sale kicked off a bullpen session on Thursday and will kick off another on Saturday. Cora said he spoke to Sale and the southpaw felt good. Chances are Sale will face some hitters next week… Hansel Robles (back spasms) will likely begin a rehab assignment soon and join the Anaheim squad for the upcoming series against the Angels. Cora said Robles will likely pitch two games for the Worcester Red Sox before he’s activated.