NEW YORK -- Though Mookie Betts hasn't put it all together yet from an offensive standpoint, his numbers are likely to heat up with the weather. As for his glove, that has been stellar all season. Hardly a game goes by when Betts doesn't make a fantastic play in right
NEW YORK -- Though Mookie Betts hasn't put it all together yet from an offensive standpoint, his numbers are likely to heat up with the weather. As for his glove, that has been stellar all season. Hardly a game goes by when Betts doesn't make a fantastic play in right field.
Coming off the first All-Star appearance of his career last season, Betts is in contention to get the nod again come July.
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As the second round of American League balloting was released on Tuesday, Betts ranked fourth in the outfield with 519,146 votes, but is within striking distance of Michael Brantley (554,620) for the third spot.
"He contributes on all sides of the baseball for us," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Betts.
Red Sox rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi is also in the mix for a starting spot, as he currently ranks sixth with 416,461 votes.
Benintendi ripped two homers in Sunday's win over the Orioles, a sign that he might be ready to get hot again.
"I know it can turn bad, and then you snap a finger and it can turn the other way. I'm just going to continue to work and keep trying to find that swing," Benintendi said.
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Xander Bogaerts, who is off to a strong start at the plate for the second consecutive season, is fourth in the balloting at shortstop with 389,541 votes. He started at short for the AL last season.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is seeking his first All-Star appearance since 2013, is fifth at his position with 213,804 votes. Pedroia is on the disabled list with a left wrist sprain, but is expected to be activated on Friday night.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.