'X' marks the spot: Bogaerts locked in lately

'X' marks the spot: Bogaerts locked in lately
May 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

BOSTON - It's a homestand that nobody on the Red Sox wants to remember -- except maybe Xander Bogaerts.

While the rest of the team failed to show up, Bogaerts continued to break out for the Sox.

His solo shot over the Green Monster and completely out of the park in the second inning on Thursday was the second home run in his last five games, and it also extended his on-base streak to 10 games. In that time, he's hitting .378 (14-for-37) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, 4 RBI and 2 walks.

"Yeah, just seeing the ball good," Bogaerts said. "Made some adjustments. I'm hitting the ball good right now but we're not winning, so it's frustrating."

It's been a rollercoaster week for Bogaerts, who found out a few days ago that he was going to lose his shortstop job to Stephen Drew, whom the Sox finally signed after Will Middlebrooks was put on the DL. Bogaerts will move over to third base, where he'll play primarily. He could still play shortstop against some lefties.

While Bogaerts showed disappointment about the news on Tuesday night, he seemed a little more at ease when asked about Drew Thursday night.

"Definitely he's a great player, we won the World Series with him last year," Bogaerts said. "So he's definitely going to boost our team."

Lost in the fray of a tough homestand was the fact that Bogaerts hit his first career home run over the Green Monster last Saturday against the Tigers.

"It felt great," he said. "It took a while but I got it."

And it was only a handful of days later that he got his second. That's a sight Sox fans should get used to seeing for a very long time.