Xander Bogaerts hit by a pitch in an eerily similar spot

"As soon as I got hit, I was like, ‘I can’t believe it.’"

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Xander Bogaerts reacts after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning. –Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The feeling of Seranthony Dominguez’s 99.1-mile-per-hour two-seamer ricocheting off his right hand in the ninth inning was frighteningly familiar to Xander Bogaerts.

“Right away,’’ he said. “This was a bit harder. As soon as I got hit, I was like, ‘I can’t believe it.’”

In July 2017, Bogaerts was hit in nearly the same spot by Rays pitcher Jake Faria. Bogaerts was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion Tuesday, and X-rays were negative. But he’d heard the same thing last year.

“Last year, I think it was kind of the same thing and I don’t want that feeling again,’’ he said.

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The injury lingered with Bogaerts throughout the second half of last season. He was hitting .308 before getting hit. After, he hit just .232.

After going 1 for 4 Tuesday, Bogaerts is hitting .271 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs.

“It happens, it’s part of the game,’’ Bogaerts said. “If I don’t foul off those first two pitches, I mean, I wouldn’t get hit. But we’ll see how I feel.’’

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Xander Bogaerts is hit by a pitch from Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez during the ninth inning. —AP Photo/Charles Krupa