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JD MARTINEZ LEADS ALL OF MLB WITH 28 HR’S
J.D. Martinez decided not to let the Rangers hang around anymore on Monday night at Fenway Park. The All-Star slugger mashed a three-run homer to left-center for his MLB-leading 28th of the season in the bottom of the eighth to power the rolling Red Sox to a 5-0 win.
Heroics from Martinez have become commonplace. His 28 homers before the break are the third most in Red Sox history, trailing only the legendary duo of David Ortiz (31 in 2006) and Carl Yastrzemski (29 in 1969).
“He puts the ball in play. He stays inside the ball. He gives himself a chance,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’ve been talking about how he prepares. His swing is one that on a daily basis, he’ll give himself a chance. Even when he’s a little bit off, he’s able to stay through the zone, hit the ball in the air, and see what happens. He’s a monster.”
That monster, as Cora referred to him, has a strong shot to become the third Red Sox player in history to hit 50 or more homers in a season. Jimmy Foxx (50 in 1938) and Ortiz (54 in ’06) are the others.
“I’m on 28 right now,” said Martinez. “I’m worried about 29.”
By winning their seventh game in a row, the 63-29 Sox started the seven-game homestand that will lead into the All-Star break in auspicious fashion. Continue Reading, by MLB.com
JOSE ALTUVE LEADING THE ASTROS IN REPEAT CHAMPIONSHIP BID
Jose Altuve will start his fourth consecutive All-Star Game at second base, joining Hall of Famer Craig Biggio as the only player in Astros franchise history to start in four straight Midsummer Classics.
Altuve is one of just 13 Astros players to start in an All-Star Game, and we’ve taken the time to rank each of those player’s seasons heading into the All-Star Game. Altuve obviously has had a good first half of the season. He enters Monday’s game against Oakland, second in the American League in batting with a .338 average to go along with nine home runs and 44 RBIs. Continue Reading, by Matt Young Houston Chronicle