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Here's how the Red Sox fared in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Here's how the Red Sox fared in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game

It was an uneventful night for the Red Sox in Tuesday MLB All-Star Game.

J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts were Boston's representatives in the midsummer classic with Alex Cora as manager of the American League. Cora managed his way to a 4-3 victory, but it was a less-than-stellar night for the other three Sox stars.

Martinez, who replaced Hunter Pence as the starting designated hitter, went 0-for-2 with a flyout and a strikeout before being replaced by pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach in the sixth inning.

Bogaerts grounded into a double play in his lone at-bat in the seventh, but the Red Sox shortstop did get a run across on the play to extend the A.L.'s lead to 3-1.

Betts didn't record an at-bat. The 2018 A.L. MVP played the eighth and ninth innings in right field but didn't get a putout.

The Red Sox will be back in action on Friday as they begin a three-game series at Fenway Park vs. the MLB's best: the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez places 6th in AL Cy Young Award voting

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez places 6th in AL Cy Young Award voting

MLB's 2019 Cy Young Awards were handed out on Wednesday with Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander and New York Mets righty Jacob deGrom taking home the hardware. It was Verlander's second Cy Young of his illustrious career and deGrom's second consecutive season winning the award.

One Boston Red Sox pitcher managed to work his way into the Cy Young conversation as well. That would be left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing 2019 Boston rotation.

Rodriguez placed sixth in American League Cy Young voting, earning three fourth-place votes and two fifth-place votes for a total of eight points. The 26-year-old finished behind Verlander, Gerrit Cole (Astros), Charlie Morton (Rays), Shane Bieber (Indians), and Lance Lynn (Rangers).

E-Rod, who has had issues going deep into games throughout his career, took a huge step forward in that department last season. His 203 1/3 innings pitched in 2019 demolished his previous career-high of 137 1/3.

Rodriguez nearly joined the 20-win club in 2019, finishing 19-6 with a career-best 3.81 ERA.

The starting rotation is one of the Red Sox' biggest question marks heading into 2020, but Boston can at least take solace in the fact their hard-throwing former top prospect is making strides in the right direction.

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Scott Boras explains why J.D. Martinez opted in to Red Sox contract

Scott Boras explains why J.D. Martinez opted in to Red Sox contract

An offseason filled with uncertainty for the Red Sox began on an encouraging note as J.D. Martinez chose not to opt out of his contract earlier this month.

Boston's prized DH decided to return for $23.75 million in 2020 rather than test the free-agent market. Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Arizona, his agent Scott Boras explained why.

“J.D. wanted assurance of competition at a high level and the fact that he played so well in Boston,” Boras said. “We looked at it and with those two things in mind, that was the focus. For that reason, he decided to opt in. The contract that we structured allowed him choices after each season. It was something that in this year, at this time, we felt like it was the best decision.”

Martinez enjoyed another stellar season at the plate for the Red Sox in 2019. The 32-year-old hit 36 home runs with 105 RBI and a .939 OPS in his second season in Boston.

“This is an elite bat,” Boras said. “This is very different than what DHs are, usually, to most teams. He’s a franchise bat so we always look at him that way.”

While Martinez's bat obviously will be welcomed back to the middle of the Red Sox lineup, his return casts even more doubt on Mookie Betts' future in Boston. Betts is set to become a free agent after the 2020 campaign and has repeatedly been the subject of trade rumors.

Martinez will get another chance to opt out following the 2020 season.

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