Xander Bogaerts has been doing a lot of extra work with coach Brian Butterfield this spring, attempting to learn some of the finer points of playing shortstop. In the first inning of the Red Sox' 8-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, some of that work paid off, even if it didn't result in an out being recorded. With runners on first and second and two out, Bogaerts ranged deep into the shortstop hole and gloved a ball hit by the Rays' Logan Forsythe. Bogaerts then quickly planted his feet and made a strong throw to first baseman Mike Napoli, chest high. Forsythe was safe by a half-step. Still, Bogaerts made an impression.
Bogaerts showing improvement at shortstop
NBC Sports Boston | Mar 5