Bryce Harper belts second-longest home run in 2-1 win over Rockies

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Bryce Harper added to his home run total on Saturday, cranking a first-pitch homer out to Ashburn Alley to get the Phillies on the board in the first inning. According to Statcast’s projections, the ball registered a total 466 feet, marking his second-longest blast to date and the longest Phillies home run at Citizens Bank Park in the Statcast era.

With the blast, Harper snapped an eight-game streak without an RBI. He last drove in a run on May 7 with a grand slam off of the Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson. Taking Saturday’s performance into account, he’s batting a lackluster .230/.371/.460 with eight homers and an .831 OPS through 197 plate appearances.

Things continued to fall apart for the Rockies in the third inning when Jean Segura scored on a wild pitch to give the Phillies an extra run of support. Ryan McMahon tried to close the gap with an RBI double in the seventh, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the job done. After closing out their 2-1 win, the Phillies improved to a 26-19 record and a two-game lead at the top of the NL East.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.