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J.D. Martinez's strong start to 2019 season just hit a historic level

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J.D. Martinez's strong start to 2019 season just hit a historic level

Amid the Boston Red Sox's inconsistent start to the 2019 season, there's been one constant: J.D. Martinez getting on base.

The Red Sox designated hitter leads the club in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.441) and OPS (1.003) through 22 games played. But here's Martinez's most impressive stat: He's reached base via a hit or walk in every game this season.

That puts the veteran slugger in some elite company.

Martinez's streak is one we haven't seen since 2001, when Manny Ramirez reached base in Boston's first 24 games. What makes Martinez's run even more impressive: He's recorded a hit in 21 of those 22 games, joining another shortlist in Red Sox franchise history.

Martinez currently is riding an American League-best 11-game hitting streak and actually passed Carl Reynolds on that list above after going 1-for-5 on Sunday.

The 31-year-old is coming off the best hitting season of his career in 2018 and has been a constant source of productivity since coming to Boston before the 2018 season. It appears he shows no signs of slowing down.

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

David Price tried to gut out his Saturday night start while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but Alex Cora didn't want to take any chances.

Price was replaced by reliever Colten Brewer after facing only three Astros batters. Following the Red Sox' 4-3 loss, the left-hander said he wanted to stay in the game. Ultimately, that wasn't his decision to make.

Cora said he simply wanted to avoid the situation from worsening, as the Sox can ill afford to have Price land on the injured list again for an extended period of time.

The good news is Price didn't suffer a setback with his elbow as was originally feared. He had just returned from the IL on Monday after dealing with left elbow tendinitis.

The Red Sox will look to avoid getting swept by the Astros on Sunday.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

FINAL SCORE: Astros 4, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox offense struggled to knock their baserunners in all night in Houston but tied the game in the ninth inning thanks to a two-run single from Christian Vazquez. The Astros responded in the bottom half to walk it off and take the first two games of the series.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 27-25

HIGHLIGHTS:


2nd inning

DEVERS HAS HOME RUN TAKEN AWAY BY MINUTE MAID'S ROOF

6th inning

Josh Reddick singles, Carlos Correa scores (1-0 HOU)
Tyler White singles, Yuli Gurriel scores (2-0 HOU)

7th inning

Andrew Benintendi drives in Michael Chavis with RBI single (2-1 HOU)

BASERUNNING BLUNDER COSTS SOX A CHANCE AT MORE RUNS

Gurriel infield single, Aldemys Diaz scores (3-1 HOU)

9th inning

Christian Vazquez singles, Chavis and Jackie Bradley Jr. score (3-3)

Carlos Correa walk-off single, Diaz scores (4-3 HOU)

UP NEXT:

@Astros, Sunday, 2:10 p.m., NESN
vs. Indians, Monday, 4:05 p.m., ESPN, NESN
vs Indians, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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