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Milestone alerts (updated): Mookie Betts joins 30-30 club, Xander Bogaerts reaches 100 RBIs

John Tomase
September 26, 2018 - 1:34 pm
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Right fielder Mookie Betts made some Red Sox history on Wednesday in the opener against the Orioles, and so did shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

He stole second in the third inning to become the second member of the Red Sox to join the 30-30 club, joining Jacoby Ellsbury, who turned the trick in 2011.

Betts, who also upped his league-leading average to .346, has 32 homers and 30 steals.

In other milesetone news, we've rightly focused most of our praise on the offensive output of Betts and J.D. Martinez this year, but Bogaerts reached a milestone of his own.

With a two-run double in the first inning of Wednesday's doubleheader opener vs. the Orioles and a two-run homer in the sixth, Bogaerts moved to 100 RBIs on the season.

He became just the sixth shortstop in team history to to reach 100 in a season. Nomar Garciaparra did it four times, most recently in 2003. John Valentin (1995) and Rico Petrocelli (1970) each did it once, while Vern Stephens and Joe Cronin did it three times apiece between 1937 and 1950.

A bad read by Andrew Benintendi helped Bogaerts' cause. The left fielder failed to score on a booming double to the triangle by J.D. Martinez, putting runners on second and third before Bogaerts ripped his 44th double to left in the first. Cronin, Garciaparra, and Jody Reed are the only other Red Sox shortstops to record at least 44 doubles in a season.

Oh, and one more: Martinez ripped his 42nd homer in the fourth, a three-run shot.

Oh, and one more: third baseman Rafael Devers delivered his 20th homer of the season.

Oh, and one more: Blake Swihart delivered his third homer, going back-to-back with Devers. Swihart was a part of the team's last back-to-back, earlier this season with Betts.

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