|At ASG, Sale reaches speed unseen since '10|
With one pitch, Chris Sale made it pretty clear he was excited for Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. With a man on second and two outs in the first inning, the lanky lefty induced a flyout to center field from Freddie Freeman on a fastball clocked at 100.7 mph -- the fastest pitch he's thrown since 2010.
|On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL|
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
|Betts wore red, white and blue eye black|
Betts wore red, white and blue eye black
|Red Sox quintet shows unity at All-Star festivities|
The quintet of All-Stars the Red Sox brought to Washington was befitting a team that set a record for wins at the All-Star break. With a 68-30 record, the Sox hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East -- their largest lead at the break since the World Series-winning season of 2007.
|Leon's double off Green Monster caused a scare|
Leon's double off Green Monster caused a scare
|Mata throws scoreless frame in Futures Game|
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
|Dalbec makes Pipeline Team of the Week|
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
|Red Sox's Top 30 Prospects list|
Who do the Red Sox have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Boston's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
|J.D., Red Sox hit Motown for 2nd-half opener|
J.D Martinez and four of his teammates were rewarded for an incredible first half with a trip to the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The Red Sox slugger will look to continue that momentum in the second half as Boston travels to Detroit to face the Tigers in Friday's second-half opener. David Price (10-6, 4.42 ERA) will take the ball for the Red Sox, and Detroit will counter with Matthew Boyd (4-8, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
|Bottom of the order boosts Boston in finale|
Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Sandy Leon combined to go 5-for-9 with three RBIs, providing a much-needed boost from the bottom of Boston's lineup during a victory against the Blue Jays on Sunday at Fenway Park. Xander Bogaerts hit his second home run in as many at-bats in the win, and Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer to account for Toronto's lone runs.
|E-Rod's injury 'serious' but won't need surgery|
After spraining his right ankle in a collision at first base against the Blue Jays, Eduardo Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, a decision manager Alex Cora said was not influenced by the upcoming All-Star break.
|Xander's walk-off slam encore: A solo shot|
After sealing the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, Xander Bogaerts crushed a solo home run in the first inning on Sunday.
|Dalbec continues to rake for Salem|
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
|Bogaerts' slam lifts Red Sox in 10th inning|
The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays in the 10th inning Saturday with a walk-off grand slam from Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop also doubled in the win, and teammate J.D. Martinez hit his 29th home run, tied for most in baseball. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led Toronto with three hits and an RBI.
|J.D. ties for MLB lead with 29th home run|
J.D. Martinez crushed his Majors-leading 29th home run of the season against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
|Cora eager to root for many familiar ASG faces|
Of course Red Sox manager Alex Cora will watch the All-Star Game. When he knows so many Red Sox and Astros who will be there, how could he not?
|Once a castoff, J.D.'s star shining brightest|
The most valuable player in baseball this season is J.D. Martinez, even if he might not be the best hitter on his team at the moment, because Mookie Betts holds that distinction. Still: The best hitter in baseball, from last year's All-Star Game to this year's Midsummer Classic is Martinez, a guy who didn't have a job in the middle of February.
|Porcello stumbles as Red Sox streak ends at 10|
Normally the ultimate innings-eater, Rick Porcello didn't live up to his reputation on Friday night at Fenway Park, not even when the Red Sox gave him a generous offensive cushion early on. Porcello was uncharacteristically off during a 13-7 loss to the Blue Jays that snapped Boston's winning streak at 10 games.