Rays activate Luke Scott, send Sean Rodriguez to minors

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As expected the Rays have activated Luke Scott from the disabled list after the designated hitter missed exactly a month with an oblique injury.

Scott hit just .225 with a .716 OPS in 68 games before the injury, although prior to being shut down he had shown some signs of life by going 15-for-39 (.385) with three homers in his last 10 games.

To make room for Scott’s return the Rays demoted Opening Day shortstop Sean Rodriguez to Triple-A, where he hasn’t played since 2009.

Rodriguez has basically been an everyday player for the Rays during the past two seasons while moving around the infield, but he simply hasn’t hit. Tampa Bay would rather go with Ben Zobrist and Eliot Johnson at shortstop and Ryan Roberts and Jeff Keppinger at second base, although presumably Rodriguez will be back in September.

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.