Red Sox Notes: Theres Something Special About Xander Bogaerts –

Cora is pleased with Boston’s “disciplined” approach to batting this season, especially Saturday night.

“It was great,” Cora said. “… It was a good day offensively. It was a really good day, not only putting at-bats, but we really ran the bases really, really well. We controlled the strike zone, we used the other side of the field so, you know, overall it was outstanding.”

— Michael Chavis his his first home run of the season in his first game back with the Red Sox since being recalled from Triple-A.

Chavis appeared poised when he sent the blast over the left-center field wall, but admittedly was a little nervous throughout his first couple of at-bats.

“If we’re being completely honest, we’re human and I was scared,” Chavis told NESN’s Jahmai Webster during postgame coverage. “I mean, I’ve been in the big leagues before and I’ve had some experience up here but 100% I was a little bit nervous. And it was kind of weird because it wasn’t so much the mental nerves. I knew what I was trying to do. I had a plan and everything like that. I was prepared. But just, those jitters, they showed up today. First at bat definitely sped up on me a little bit and then the second at bat, I was able to slow it down a little bit and just kind of fall into place.”

— The Red Sox appear to be getting back into a solid rhythm offensively after cooling down briefly.

Bogaerts offered a warning to other teams about Boston’s bats.

“Chavis, he comes up and gets a homer in his first game and its contagious, I guess. You know, it’s just surrounding him with good hitters. And I feel like good things happen that way. From top to bottom, especially the bottom half of the lineup … they’re getting on base and they’re doing a heck of the job. Obviously, being on base for the top of the order is very nice and obviously just having a lot of traffic creates a lot of problems for the other team.”

— Boston now is a season-high eight games above .500 in addition to owning the best recording Major League Baseball and largest division lead in the league, per NESN’s Tom Caron.

— The Red Sox return to action against the Orioles on Sunday with a matinee at Camden Yards. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. ET.

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