Ryan Braun replaces Matt Holliday on the NL All-Star roster

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Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been named as the replacement for injured Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday on the National League All-Star roster, per ESPN’s Buster Olney. Holliday, dealing with a strained right quadriceps, was hoping to be healthy enough to participate in the midsummer classic, but he’ll shoot for a return not long after the second half begins.

Braun, 31, has turned in a productive season for the last-place Brewers, entering play Sunday batting .272/.338/.485 with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He was a five-time All-Star consecutively between 2008-12 but hadn’t been part of the festivities since.

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.