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.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.