Red Sox reach bottom of SS barrel in Crosby

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How low are the Red Sox willing to go in their search for a new shortstop? Well, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald they’ve “expressed interest” in free agent Bobby Crosby.
Crosby is a recognizable name thanks to being a former first-round pick who was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2004, but in the five seasons since then he’s hit just .239/.302/.366 in 2,020 plate appearances, including a measly .223/.295/.357 for the A’s this year.
And unlike the similarly weak-hitting Adam Everett–who the Red Sox are also said to have contracted–Crosby is far from an elite defensive shortstop. If their interest in Crosby is for real the Red Sox have truly reached the bottom of the shortstop barrel. He hasn’t been a starting-caliber player since 2005 and has barely been utility man-caliber during the past two seasons.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.