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Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez finalists to start in 2019 All-Star Game

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Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez finalists to start in 2019 All-Star Game

The "Primary" phase of the new All-Star Game voting format ended on Friday, which means the field has been narrowed down to three finalists to start at each position (nine total in the outfield).

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are the only two Red Sox players to be voted in as finalists. Betts will be up against fellow outfielders Michael Brantley, Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge, Austin Meadows, Josh Reddick, Eddie Rosario, George Springer, and of course Mike Trout. Joining Martinez as designated-hitter finalists are veterans Nelson Cruz and Hunter Pence.

Betts was named a finalist despite having a down season by his lofty standards. The 2018 American League MVP currently has a slash line of .266/.387/.464 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI.

Martinez isn't quite raking at his 2018 pace, but still boasts solid numbers all around. He's slashing .291/.368/.540 with 16 homers and 41 RBI.

Though both shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers have enjoyed standout seasons thus far, they were snubbed from the top three at their respective positions. Bogaerts and Red Sox manager Alex Cora both expressed their disappointment with the lack of support.

Fans can vote for who they'd like to see start at each position beginning at noon on June 26. Voting will be open until 4 p.m. ET on June 27.

All-Star pitchers and reserves will be named on June 30. The game is July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. 

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Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Rafael Devers is a certified Blue Jays killer.

The Red Sox third baseman has punished the AL East foe all season long, and he continued that trend in Wednesday night's matchup going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

That gives Devers 25 total RBI vs. the Blue Jays this year, passing David Ortiz (2005) for most by a player against Toronto in a single season. Wildly enough, Devers' mark is likely to increase as he'll get to face the Blue Jays four more times in 2019.

That isn't Devers' only impressive stat vs. Toronto. The 22-year-old's seven home runs against the Blue Jays are the third-most in a season by a Red Sox player, trailing only Manny Ramirez (9 in 2001) and J.D. Martinez (8 in 2018).

The Blue Jays will be happy to have a break from Devers after the two teams wrap up their series on Thursday night. After that, they'll next see him again in Toronto on September 10.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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01:10: David Price made some comments about his now longtime feud with Dennis Eckersley. John Tomase reacts to his comments, and what the timing could say about his contract with the Red Sox. 

10:05: After Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter had their first press conference as Celtics today, Danny Ainge revealed exactly when he had a good idea that Kyrie was leaving. Phil Perry Chris Forsberg, and Chris Gasper react. 

13:58: The Revolution beat Vancouver handily, 4-0 and Gustavo Bou makes his debut with a goal. Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman speak with head coach, Bruce Arena after the game to get his thought on the win, as well as the success since he has come to New England. 

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