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Martinez, Betts get starting nods in All-Star Game

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Martinez, Betts get starting nods in All-Star Game

As expected, J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts will represent the Red Sox as starters in the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.

Martinez gets his second-straight All-Star nod, this time as a DH. For Betts, it's his third-straight.

In his first year with Boston, Martinez has proven to be everything the Red Sox wanted and more. The 30-year-old is hitting .329 with 27 home runs and 74 RBI.

As for Betts, the Sox' prized outfielder is hitting .343 with 22 homers and 44 RBI.

Here are the rest of this year's All-Star Game starters. . .

Also representing the Red Sox in the All-Star Game are first baseman Mitch Moreland (first All-Star appearance), ace Chris Sale (seventh All-Star appearance), and closer Craig Kimbrel (seventh All-Star appearance). Andrew Benintendi was named a Final Vote candidate.

The All-Star Game takes place in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 17.

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: February 18, 2019: John Henry admits Sox 'blew it' with Lester; Anthony Davis not ruling out Boston

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: February 18, 2019: John Henry admits Sox 'blew it' with Lester; Anthony Davis not ruling out Boston

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1:31 - Red Sox ownership spoke to the media on Monday and John Henry admitted that the organization blew it with Jon Lester back in 2014. Will they make the same mistake with Chris Sale? Trenni Kusnierek and Lou Merloni join us from Fort Myers to discuss.

5:55 - Jackie MacMullan joins Gary Tanguay to talk about Anthony Davis not ruling out playing any NBA team and believe it or not, she’s pretty sure the Brow will end up in Boston.

10:48 - Mike Reiss reports that Rob Gronkowski has been spending a lot of time at Gillette Stadium over the past few weeks, which at least means the tight end is in a good place with the organization. But does it mean he’ll be back next season? Tom Giles, Michael Hurley and Danielle Trotta discuss.

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John Henry responds to Adam Wainwright’s midseason players’ strike comments: ‘That’s crazy!’

John Henry responds to Adam Wainwright’s midseason players’ strike comments: ‘That’s crazy!’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Many players have expressed their opinions on the current state of free agency in Major League Baseball, but veteran Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s comments especially have raised eyebrows.

“Unless something changes, there's going to be a strike, 100 percent,” Wainwright told Tim McKernan of InsideSTL.com. “I’m just worried people are going to walk out midseason.”

Red Sox owner John Henry spoke to the media Monday at JetBlue Park, and when I informed him of Wainwright’s comments, he was befuddled.

“Midseason, this year?” Henry asked. “That’s crazy.”

“A lot has been said about the market, the free-agent market. But it’s a free market,” he continued. “A free market doesn’t always do what you want it to do.”

Henry stressed the need for the players union to engage with the owners’ negotiating committee to work on solutions to these kinds of issues.

“If the players are unhappy with this, then they should engage," Henry said. “Our commissioner was a labor lawyer for a couple of decades. It’s important for the union to engage first-hand on what they would like to change. This has been a series of negotiations that have led to the kind of market that we have today.”

Much of the free-agency controversy stems from stars Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Craig Kimbrel remaining on the market. It also was a topic a year ago when Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez went unsigned until late February.

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