Buster Posey to miss 2018 All-Star Game

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the 2018 All-Star Game. Posey has been dealing with right hip inflammation. The Giants will use the All-Star break to give him an injection to help alleviate the issue.

Posey, 31, has hit .285/.367/.412 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 313 plate appearances this season. He has missed a handful of games over the last few weeks, explaining why his numbers are a bit lower than where they usually are.

There’s no word yet on who will replace Posey on the NL All-Star roster. Willson Contreras is the NL’s starting catcher and J.T. Realmuto is one of the backups. The Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli, who recently returned after missing two weeks due to a concussion, could be added to the roster if the plan is to continue with three catchers. The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, the Braves’ Kurt Suzuki, and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina are other catching candidates.

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.