Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is an All-Star. He beat Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, Mark Reynolds, and Justin Bour to win the Final Vote, earning the last spot on the National League All-Star Game roster.
Turner, 32, is hitting an MLB-best .384 with a .473 on-base percentage (also MLB-best). Along with that, he’s slugging .571 with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 259 plate appearances.
In the American League, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas won the Final Vote. He beat out Elvis Andrus, Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, and Logan Morrison. This season, Moustakas is hitting .275/.309/.570 with 25 home runs, 54 runs scored, and 44 runs in 320 PA.
Turner’s addition gives the Dodgers five All-Stars, along with Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger Clayton Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen. Moustakas makes it three for the Royals along with Salvador Perez and Jason Vargas.
The All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.
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.