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Six members of Red Sox named to A.L. All-Star team

Six members of Red Sox named to A.L. All-Star team

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox will be well-represented in next week's All-Star Game, as six team members have been named to the American League squad.

Designated hitter David Ortiz, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, starting pitcher Steven Wright, closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielders Mooke Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. were all announced tonight as members of the squad. The game will be played next Tuesday in San Diego.

“We're going to have a great representation of Red Sox,'' said John Farrell, "and deservedly so. I think what's great about the guys that are going to be participating in that game is that we have a number of starters (four) and I think that's more validation from around the country from the votes that they've generated, not just our fans.

"Whether they're young players or a veteran as David (Ortiz) is, this is a great combination of player that we're going tobe sending to San Diego. We've got a potential for a seventh player, Pedey (Dustin Pedroia) in the fan vote-in and I think in years to come, we'll look back as being the first of many for probably three of those guys (Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr.) to be in.''

Ortiz, in his final season, was named to his 10th All-Star team, and his first since 2013. The 40-year-old DH, who plans to retire at the end of year, is having arguably his finest season, with 19 homers, 66 RBI and a .339 average entering tonight's game. His on-base percentage of .433 is the second-highest of his career and his .679 slugging percentage is the highest of his career. He also has a career-best 1.112 OPS and 186 OPS-plus through the first half of the year.

Kimbrel, acquired from San Diego last winter, will be appearing in his fifth All-Star Game and his first for the American League. He entered tonight's game with a 1-3 record, 17 saves and a 2.53 ERA in 32 appearances.

Earning berths for the first time are the Killer B's -- Bogaerts, Betts and Bradley -- and Wright. Bogaerts has a slash line of .336/.392/.481 in 80 games with 9 homers and 51 RBI; Betts is at .296/.335/.523 with 18 homers and 57 RBI, and Bradley is at .294/.381/.546 with 13 homers and 53 RBI.

Wright -- who only earned a roster spot because Eduardo Rodriguez was injured early in spring training -- is 9-5 in 16 starts with a 2.42 ERA.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.