Carlos Beltran will play through fractured toe

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Carlos Beltran played through a fractured right pinkie toe during the World Baseball Classic, took some off to rest the injury once the tournament was over, and now plans to play through the pain.

“I can deal with what I feel,” Beltran told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “The doctor said it’s not going to get worse, so I just have to go day to day and see how I feel.”

Beltran is in the Cardinals’ lineup today, playing right field and batting fifth. Obviously having his bat in the lineup is the biggest key, but last season Beltran stole 13 bases and rated above average defensively in right field, so how well he’s able to move with a fractured toe is worth watching.

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.