Xander Bogaerts hits his longest home run on record

By WEEI 93.7

Xander Bogaerts offered some pretty powerful punctuation in the first inning of the Red Sox' series opener against the Yankees Thursday night.

With Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka on the mound, Bogaerts launched his longest home run hit since the advent of StatCast, a 451-foot blast over the left-field wall to drive in both Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers. It gave the Sox' a 3-0 lead before the New York hurler had recorded an out.

Bogaerts' previous longest home run was 441 feet, accomplished in Detroit earlier this month.

The homer was also the hardest-hit ball by Bogaerts on record, clocking in with an exit velocity of 112.1 mph. His previous high was 111.9 mph.

By the time the Red Sox were finished in the first inning they had built a 7-0 lead on the Yankees and Tanaka.

Xander Bogaerts is batting .512 (21-for-41) on fastballs over the last 30 days (22 Games) -- best in MLB; League Avg: .298.He is hitting .370 on fastballs this season, best in MLB.

— Inside Edge (@InsideEdgeScout) July 25, 2019