The Red Sox have but a single All-Star representative

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I don’t think anyone’s crying for the Red Sox, but this from Peter Abraham of the Globe is notable: for the first time since 2001, the Red Sox only have one All-Star representative.

He’s a deserving one, obviously — it’s David Ortiz  — so this isn’t a Scott-Cooper-in-1993-and-1994 situation, but it is crazy that a team like the Sox only has one. Injuries are a killer.

But All-Star-light or not, the season has quietly turned around in Boston. Since that 4-10 start, they’re 38-27. The Rays have slid down below them and the Sox have sole possession of third place. New York seems difficult to catch, but I don’t think anyone is banking on the O’s staying ahead of them for long.  If the season ended today Boston would be a half-game from a playoff spot.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.