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Stan Kasten wants Dodger Stadium to host an All-Star Game

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Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten confirmed that his team is “aggressively pursuing” hosting an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, perhaps as soon as 2020. The Los Angeles city council is apparently on board with the idea.

Kasten said, “We obviously are very interested as we have been since the day we got here. We’ve had a lot of conversations. … I think we’re making progress on putting everything in place to get the game.”

The 2018 and 2019 All-Star Games are spoken for already, as they will be hosted at Nationals Park and Progressive Field, respectively. Beyond that, though, the door is open. Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1980. That’s the longest drought in baseball, followed by the Expos/Nationals who haven’t hosted since 1982.

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.