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Bogaerts is now $132 million richer

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The Boston Red Sox have locked up Xander Bogaerts to a long-term deal.

According to reports, the team has signed the all-star shortstop to a seven-year, $132 million contract extension with an opt-out clause that can be exercised after the 2022 season.

The 26-year Aruba native, who was initially signed as an amateur free agent back in 2009, has posted a combined .283 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, 75 homers, 386 RBI and 49 stolen bases over a span of six-plus seasons and 763 regular season games.

He has also won two Silver Slugger Awards and two World Series championships in his relatively short time with the franchise. He is fresh off a 2018 campaign where he compiled a career-best 23 homers and 103 RBI in 136 games.

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Braves ace Mike Soroka suffers torn Achilles tendon, out for rest of season

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The Atlanta Braves have been given some devastating news.

The team learned on Monday that their number 1 startyer Mike Soroka will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a torn achilles tendon in his right leg.

He sustained the injury when he ran off the mound to cover first base after a routine grounder to Mike Freeman in the top of the third inning during the team’s 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday. He had to helped off the field and was unable to put weight on the injured leg.

“If Mike Soroka can’t walk off the field, you know it’s pretty serious,” said teammate Freddie Freeman.

“It’s just a terrible injury for somebody so young, so bright, so determined to be great at this game.”

The 23-year old Calgary native was pitching in his third start this season. He ends his shortened 2020 campaign with an 0-1 record, 3.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13.2 innings pitched.

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No new players on Phillies, Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19

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It appears Major League Baseball might finally get back to normal after a wild week involving a coronavirus outbreak, cancellation/postponement of several games, and the threat of the season being cancelled.

It has been reported that the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Miami Marlins have not reported new coronavirus cases over the past couple of days, clearing them to resume their schedules next week.

Both teams have played just three games in 2020, and haven’t taken the field since last Sunday due to a COVID-19 outbreak that saw nearly 20 Marlins players/coaches, and two Phillies staff members test positive for the virus.

Assuming there is no setbacks, the Phillies will be back in action on Monday to begin a series against the New York Yankees, while the Marlins will start four-game series over a span of three days with the Baltimore Orioles over three days starting on Tuesday.

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Rangers ace Corey Kluber could miss rest of season with shoulder injury

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The season is barely underway, and things are already looking bleak for the Texas Rangers.

The team recently found out that they will be without their number 1 pitcher Corey Kluber for an extended period of time after injuring his throwing shoulder in the first inning of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Coorado Rockies on Sunday. But with the latest updates surrounding the injury, it feels like a real possibility that he could be done for the year.

An MRI on Sunday revealed that he sustained a “Grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle” in his right shoulder. Although it won’t require surgery, he will undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy later this week, and have to wait a minimum of four weeks before being re-evaluated again. And with the season already shortened, if there is any setback during that time frame, it will be difficult to get him back in the rotation by seasons end.

“I felt like he was in a really, really good spot, had had really no physical issues at all…Really no indication that this was coming. He was throwing the ball really well.” said Rangers president and general manager John Daniels.

Kluber is in the first season with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians back in December. He will make $17.5 million in 2020 and has a club option for $18 million in 2021. As things stand, he will become an unrestricted free agent prior to 2022.

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