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MLB: Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts exits due to positive COVID-19 test

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Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts was removed from the Red Sox’s Tuesday game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., after testing positive for COVID-19.

The club announced in the third inning that the 28-year-old Bogaerts tested positive for the virus.

That increases the team’s outbreak to seven players who either tested positive or were placed in quarantine due to being a close contact.

After giving Boston a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, Bogaerts went to his position at shortstop in the middle of the second to warm up.

However, he was motioned off the field by manager Alex Cora and replaced in the lineup by Yairo Munoz, who played second base. Jonathan Arauz shifted from second to shortstop.

Bogaerts, a three-time All-Star, is batting .298 with 20 homers and 70 RBIs in 124 games this season.

Earlier Tuesday, the Red Sox right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura on the COVID-19 list due to a positive test. Left-hander Josh Taylor was also placed on the list as a close contact.

The trio joined All-Star closer Matt Barnes, left-hander Martin Perez, infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez and infielder Christian Arroyo on the list. Those four all tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports.

This is the third time Barnes has tested positive — he also did so in March and July and was cleared to return to the team in 48 hours on both occasions.

Barnes, who is vaccinated, also was sent back to the team hotel in Detroit on Aug. 3 and placed on the COVID-19 list, but he tested negative on that occasion.

–Field Level Media

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