Morning Sports Update: Xander Bogaerts leads AL shortstops in All-Star voting

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TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 29: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he extended his hitting streak by hitting a single in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 29, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Is Xander Bogaerts the top shortstop in the American League? –Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Xander Bogaerts leads All-Star voting for American League shortstops, the Red Sox beat the Orioles, 6-2, and Mookie Betts hits three home runs.

Xander Bogaerts leads AL shortstops in All-Star game voting: Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox is sitting on a 23-game hitting streak and the AL shortstop voting lead. He leads all AL players at that position with 2.6 Wins Above Replacement, tops the AL with a .354 batting average, and has been a key to Boston’s rise atop the AL East. (

Mookie Betts on 3-homer game: ‘This is probably the best night I’ve ever had’: “I mean I feel all right. Before today, I wasn’t feeling that great,” Betts said. “It surprised me that I hit home runs to center and right because left field is my forte. This is probably the best night I’ve ever had. First time I’ve ever done that. I was able to make a [defensive] play for Robbie Ross.” (The Boston Globe)


Malcolm Butler will reportedly attend voluntary OTAs: Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is expected to be in attendance for this week’s voluntary organized team activities at Gillette Stadium, according to a source. (the Boston Herald)

Kevin Durant’s agent sounds off on free agency: In an interview with The Undefeated, Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation, addressed the issue in the aftermath of the Thunder’s playoff exit. (

AFL-CIO labor group joins Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal: Tom Brady has added more high-profile legal power to fight his ‘‘Deflategate’’ suspension. (

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