Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez were all All-Star worthy when the original selections were being made. But as of Saturday afternoon, only Bogaerts, named as an injury replacement, was going.

As we used to say in my old neighborhood, dems da breaks.

Devers has truly been on fire, taking a nine-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game — 19-for-37 with four homers and 13 RBIs. In his last 20 games, he was at .444 with seven homers, 21 RBIs. Since the start of May, he was leading the AL with 53 RBIs.

Not an All-Star? Well, you have to remember that while Devers hit for average in the first month, he failed to hit a home run before May 3. Homers get you noticed and Devers has been catching up ever since.

Vazquez lost out to the White Sox’ James McCann – a true tossup.

While Sox fans screamed for the three omissions, adding them would have meant five All-Stars from a team that has grossly underachieved. Both Devers and Vazquez will get there in the future.

Bogaerts continues to have a special season – and continues to be one of the more underrated players around. ...

While as many as 1,500 earthquakes were registering in and around Los Angeles late Friday night, the Clippers shook the NBA landscape by adding BOTH Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, these two stars went to the other NY/LA franchises, with the Clippers gambling their future with the huge trade.

The latest moves are great for the Celtics, who no longer have to deal with Leonard in the Eastern Conference. ...

Speaking of earthquakes, I was covering the Yankees in Los Angeles during the 1981 World Series when a couple of rumbles – the second worse than the first – shook our hotel. Heading out to Dodger Stadium for an early story on what Yankees personnel were doing at the time of the quakes I sought out Yogi Berra. Asked what he was doing when the rumbling started, Yogi told me, “I didn’t feel nothin’ — it must have bypassed me.” ...

The Lakers stayed busy Saturday, signing big man DeMarcus Cousins, who is back playing with Anthony Davis, and re-signing Rajon Rondo, who also played with the pair in New Orleans. ...

The Bruins officially lost Marcus Johansson Saturday when he signed a two-year deal with the Sabres for $4.5 million per year. The B’s, who had brought Johansson in at the trade deadline, just didn’t have the cap room to keep him. ...

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Tedy Bruschi, who is recovering from his second stroke. ...

MLB Network’s Quick Pitch quiz Friday night asked which position player not selected to the All-Star Game had the highest WAR. Their answer was Marcus Semien, with a 3.6. Devers finished the night with a 3.7. ...

When I talked about the new Jerry Remy/Nick Cafardo book here the other day, I forgot to mention part of the proceeds will go to ALS research in honor of the late Cafardo. ...

OK, Irving didn’t turn out to be much of a leader during his time in Boston. Now, it’s Kemba Walker‘s turn. “I’m never going to shout anyone off the court or get overly negative. It’s not my style,” Walker said in his Players Tribune piece. “But what I do is I take pride in making my teammates better — I’m that lead-by-example type. I like to keep it direct.” ...

From @RedSoxStats: “The Sox are 16-23 and being outscored 200-171 against the seven AL contenders, including 1-6 against NY.” The Yankees, meanwhile, were 15-3 against the Sox and Rays through Friday night. ...

Freak of nature Tom Brady apparently ran a quicker 40-yard dash recently than the one he ran 19 years ago. ...

The Aron Baynes trade was officially announced Saturday, the club saying, “The Boston Celtics announced today that they have traded center Aron Baynes and the draft rights to Ty Jerome to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a future protected Milwaukee first-round draft pick, which was acquired by the Suns during a prior trade involving Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe.” ...

Zion Williamson dominated the early minutes of his first Las Vegas Summer League game then left after banging knees with another player. The injury is not considered serious. To top that, the game was never finished because the earthquakes made the overhead scoreboard sway. ...

Friday night was Seinfeld Night at Citi Field, complete with a Jerry Seinfeld bobblehead. When things again fell apart for Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning, the crowd chanted “We want Seinfeld” and “Sell the team.” New York Newsday had a back-page headline proclaiming, “Yada, Yada, Yada,” Diaz had blown another one. ...

Staying in New York, with 22 different players on the injured list at some point this season, it figures the Yankees’ announcers would feel the bad karma. John Sterling’s streak of over 5,000 straight games ended when he took this weekend off to tend to his health – and TV voice Michael Kay will miss a month after undergoing vocal cord surgery. Our thoughts are out to both of them. ...

Sorry, but kind of confused that it took so long for Marcus Morris to find a job. He finally signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. ...

Along those lines, count Dwyane Wade among those wondering why ex-Celtic Jeff Green has trouble getting a big payday. Wade tweets: “I do NOT understand how and why Jeff Green keeps signing these 1 year deals for the minimum. This is now 3 years in a row. He’s never injured, He’s never been a problem in the locker room, He’s athletic, he can shoot the 3, he can guard multiple positions and he’s not old.” ...

In the year of the home run, the Twins have broken the MLB record for homers before the All-Star break. ...

SB Nation ran pictures of five teams now scrambling for the Eastern title with Leonard gone. The Celtics were not one of the teams. ...

Enes Kanter is not as good a player as Al Horford, but he is a double-double machine who will be popular here. From @KelleyKidsFdn’s Dan Kelley: “In the past 2 seasons Enes Kanter has had 71 double-doubles (with points & rebounds) in 138 games. The entire Celtics roster over that time had 69 in 164 games (led by Al Horford with 24). Kanter also had 30 games of 15+ rebounds in that span; Celtics players combined had 2.” Kanter’s problem is defense and he doesn’t have much (experienced) help around him as things now stand. ...

Everything going wrong for the Mets doesn’t just pertain to the big team. The Port St. Lucie farm team had Fireworks Night Friday night and a fire broke out behind the outfield fence. ...

This from Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times: “#RedSox will have to make a decision on Tyler Thornburg, whose 30-day rehab assignment expires this Monday. With the @PawSox, Thornburg has posted a 13.97 ERA & allowed a .340 batting average in 10 games. Allowed 2 runs last night after posting 3 straight scoreless outings.” ...

The Nationals paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos Saturday, but the move didn’t impress The Washington Times’ Thom Loverro, who wrote, “Saturday is a big day for the Washington Nationals. They get to dance on the grave of the Montreal Expos. In a cheap, lazy, thoughtless promotion, the Nationals supposedly will “recognize” their history as the Expos — a franchise that began play in Montreal 50 years ago – by wearing Expos throwback jerseys and other promotions “recognizing” the Expos, in an attempt to get people to come to the ballpark on a Saturday afternoon during July 4th week when they are playing the Kansas City Royals, who also happened to begin play in that 1969 expansion season.” ...

The Dodgers’ incredible record streak of five straight walk-offs included what has to be the wildest ending of a game this season. Arizona’s Greg Holland had two out and nobody on and an 0-2 count on Chris Taylor – and promptly walked five straight hitters for two runs and a Dodger win. That’s unacceptable,” Holland said. “I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. I felt pretty good out there and then just completely lost command of the strike zone altogether. It’s just not acceptable.” ...

Dave Dombrowski on what looks like a desperation move to have Nathan Eovaldi come off the IL as the Red Sox closer: “I don’t think I’ve ever made a move in my career for desperation. ... I think it’s putting into urgency, which is significantly different than desperation.” ...

Nasem Kadri, whose current claim to fame is twice getting suspended in the playoffs against the Bruins, was traded to Colorado – and Avs GM Joe Sakic, asked what he has to do to keep his new player under control, said, “Yeah. Don’t play Boston.” ...

Marcus Stroman, who may or may not be headed for the Yankees, won’t back off his celebrations, one of which drew the attention of Dennis Eckersley in a win over the Red Sox. “I’ll never change. I won’t change for anybody,” he said. ...

If you’re thinking about Rob Gronkowski coming back, know this – the big fella has dropped 15 pounds from his playing weight of 265 to 250. There are supplements players can take to stay in shape, but not football shape and he could be on them. Ask Ben Watson about that. He thought he had retired and will now spend the first four games suspended because of what he took that is only illegal in the NFL. ...

Cody Bellinger hit one home run in high school and four in his first two years of pro ball. Through Friday, he was at 94 through 2½ MLB seasons. ...

With Paul George gone for a bushel full of draft picks, Russell Westbrook is likely also on his way out of OKC, via trade as early as this summer. ...

Good luck to the US Women’s Soccer Team in its Sunday morning World Cup final against the Netherlands. This team has played amid controversy – over not getting paid enough, to the 13-0 victory over Thailand, to Alex Morgan acting like she was sipping tea after her winning goal against England, to the comments about the president and not going to the White House. “I think everybody’s just kind of having fun with the celebrations and embracing the moment,” Carli Lloyd said. ...

Christian Yelich practiced for the upcoming Home Run Derby in Pittsburgh the other night – and broke a window on a boat sitting in the Allegheny River beyond the outfield fence at PNC Park. The police were called. No charges were filed. ...

Gleyber Torres wound up going to the All-Star Game. But before he was named as an injury replacement, his manager, Aaron Boone, said, “I think its a joke he’s not on that team. Gleyber Torres is not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that. It’s ridiculous. ... It doesn’t seem right to me that he’s not on that team.” ...

More Yelich: He is the eighth reigning MVP with at least 30 home runs before the following year’s All-Star break. Ken Griffey Jr. has the record with 35.

The entire Atlanta infield – Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albees, Josh Donaldson and Dansby Swanson – homered in a game the other night, Swanson connecting twice. It had been almost 58 years since the Braves pulled off that feat. On Sept. 19, 1961, Joe Adcock, Frank Bolling, Eddie Mathews and Roy McMillan of the then-Milwaukee Braves all homered in the same game. ...

I’m not a big fan of the ESPY’s but it is the only thing on Wednesday night – and I am a big fan of Tracy Morgan, who will host. ...

By the way, George signed his contract with OKC with the understanding he could ask for a trade at any time and the team would oblige. Well, he must have asked. ...

Jose Abreu has no desire to abandon the building rebuild with the White Sox, saying, “We are going to be good. We have a lot of talent. We see (pitcher Dylan) Cease today, what he did in his first outing in the majors. Yoan (Moncada) has been doing it through the whole season, and he’s going to get better. Eloy (Jimenez) is going to get better, too. We have a lot of talent here, young guys. That’s something that made me realize I’m very blessed being here in this organization. I want to be part of this organization going forward because I know we are going to be very, very good, and I think you can see that right now.” ...

Finally, kudos to Boston mayor Marty Walsh for sending a letter of congratulations to 11-year-old unofficial Blues mascot and inspiration Laila Anderson, who continues fighting for her life. He said watching Game 7, “This stinks! I love the Bruins and I want them to win! ... But I really want Laila to win, too!’” He also invited her to come visit Boston again in the future. “I certainly can’t promise you a cooler experience than standing on the Garden ice kissing the Stanley Cup, but Boston’s a great city and we would love to have you back,” Walsh wrote. “Congratulations again!”

Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is shalinmike@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.