UPDATE: Koby Clemens goes homerless vs. father

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9:30 PM:  Koby took six hacks and not one of them left the park.  In fact, six of the participants went homerless.  “The Rocket” must have really enjoyed that.

2:26 PM:  Roger Clemens’ son Koby Clemens is an Astros first base prospect at Double-A and has been picked to participate in the Texas League’s Home Run Derby tonight, so the The Rocket will come out of retirement to pitch to him.

Koby Clemens has followed up a monster 2009 season by hitting .258/.367/.496 in 73 games at Double-A this year, ranking second in the Texas League with 16 homers and 53 RBIs.

He’ll try to take his father deep tonight in front of what figures to be one of the more Clemens-friendly crowds possible in Midland, Texas.

According to the Associated Press “once it looked like [Koby] would be an All-Star, Roger Clemens called event organizers and offered to take part.”

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.