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Red Sox quintet shows unity at All-Star festivities

Betts, Sale, J.D., Kimbrel, Moreland arrive in tandem; 'whole team' could be in DC, Moreland says
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The quintet of All-Stars the Red Sox brought to Washington was befitting a team that set a record for wins at the All-Star break. With a 68-30 record, the Sox hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East -- their largest lead at the break since the World Series-winning season of 2007.

"We probably could have had even more guys here than what we've got," said first baseman Mitch Moreland, who is an All-Star for the first time. "I feel like our whole team is full of All-Stars. We've proved it day in and day out that we're a really good team, and we have had fun doing it."

The quintet of All-Stars the Red Sox brought to Washington was befitting a team that set a record for wins at the All-Star break. With a 68-30 record, the Sox hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East -- their largest lead at the break since the World Series-winning season of 2007.

"We probably could have had even more guys here than what we've got," said first baseman Mitch Moreland, who is an All-Star for the first time. "I feel like our whole team is full of All-Stars. We've proved it day in and day out that we're a really good team, and we have had fun doing it."

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It was a pretty joyous flight to Washington for the Boston contingent, who took off just hours after the club won for the 17th time in the last 20 games.

"Yeah, traveling here was fun," said closer Craig Kimbrel. "We all came together. I think any time you're around anybody you know or teammates, the comfort level is there. I'm excited that we've been able to put our team in the position we're in now and have so many people representing us here."

Video: Kimbrel on playing for winning teams

And the two hitters who have led the high-powered offense will be in prominent spots in American League manager A.J. Hinch's batting order at Nationals Park.

Mookie Betts will lead off, as he's done in every game he's started for the Red Sox this season. J.D. Martinez, who has been MLB's best run producer since last July, will hit cleanup.

Together, Betts and Martinez have anchored the Red Sox with the most powerful duo Boston has seen since David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez more than a decade ago.

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Is there a better duo in the game right now?

"No," said Moreland. "Whether I'm biased or not, you break the numbers down and there's not too many that compare."

All season long, Betts has set the tone, slashing .359/.448/.691 with 79 runs, 25 doubles, 23 homers, 51 RBIs, 18 stolen bases. Betts is on anyone's short list of MVP candidates, and he leads the Majors in average, slugging and OPS while ranking second in runs with 79. This, while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in right field.

Perhaps one reason Betts has taken his game to the next level is Martinez, Boston's big free-agent signing over the winter. Betts and Martinez constantly talk hitting before and after games, and during games, they rake.

"He's given us a new outlook on swings for sure," Betts said of Martinez. "He's not just a home run hitter. He's hitting .330, too. He just brings that element to the lineup."

Video: Mookie Betts on reaching 200 runs created each season

It's hard to fathom that Martinez was released by the Astros in Spring Training of 2014. Now playing for the high-profile Red Sox, Martinez is now getting the recognition he deserves. The torrid run Martinez went on when he was traded from the Tigers to the D-backs last August has carried into his first few months with Boston. Hitting mainly third and sometimes fourth, Martinez has glittering numbers (.328/.393/.644) and is tied with Jose Ramirez for the MLB lead in homers with 29 while leading in RBIs with 80.

If the highlights of Betts and Martinez are there for all to see, Moreland has quietly produced as well, even though he started the season as Hanley Ramirez's backup at first base. Moreland would produce nearly every time manager Alex Cora put him in the lineup, and the Sox eventually decided to part ways with Ramirez on May 25, and give the left-handed hitting veteran the first base job. In 252 at-bats, Moreland has 11 homers, 46 RBIs and a sturdy .850 OPS while playing his usual standout defense.

It said something about Moreland's popularity within the team when he got a standing ovation in the clubhouse when Cora announced him as an All-Star.

"Mitch is a hard-nosed player," said Kimbrel. "He plays through a lot. We've seen what he's played with over the last couple of years. It's not easy to play with hurt feet, ankles and legs and things like that. I think you have an appreciation for guys you see really do that a lot and never complain about it. To, me, that's why we're happier for him than anybody."

This is the 32-year-old Moreland's first All-Star appearance, and he is savoring it.

Video: Moreland discusses Home Run Derby, Boston's season

"Especially being a player selection, I thought that was cool," said Moreland. "It's something I take pride in. I just try to come in every day and do my work and do it the right way and play the game the right way, day in and day out. It's something my dad taught me since I started to play this game. To be recognized for it is special."

From the mound, the Red Sox have been led by their overpowering ace (Chris Sale) and closer (Kimbrel) for the second straight season. Backed by a 10-4 record and 2.23 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 129 innings, Sale is starting the All-Star Game for the third straight year.

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It would be fitting if Kimbrel (1.77 ERA, 62 K's in 40 2/3 innings, .144 opponents' batting average) finished it out for him. Sale and Kimbrel are both seven-time All-Stars.

Video: Chris Sale discusses being named the AL starter

Once the All-Star festivities are over, the Red Sox will get back in pursuit of the AL East title, and then the deep October run that eluded them the last two years. Martinez is the big addition to the core that lost in the Division Series two years in a row.

"To me, you can always get better," said Martinez. "We have a good team. I think we're a very versatile team. This is a team that can beat you multiple ways. Someone can throw a shutout and we can put up one run, or we can go out there and put up 10 runs and the bullpen comes in and shuts the door. We can steal bases, we can manufacture runs. As a team, we're not dependent on winning in one way."

Video: Martinez talks about Red Sox's success this season

When the All-Star Game starts Tuesday night, Betts will be ready for that first pitch from National League starter Max Scherzer.

"I think I just want to live in the moment," said Betts.

Over the next two days, there should be many moments to enjoy for the Boston contingent.

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. MLB.com reporter Adam McCalvy contributed to this story from Washington.

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Sale named AL ASG starter for 3rd straight year

Lefty ace only third pitcher to start Midsummer Classic for 3 seasons running
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Only two Hall of Famers had ever served as starting pitchers for three straight All-Star Games before Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who will get the honor for the American League on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

In other words, Sale -- smack in the middle of his prime at 29 years old -- is clearly becoming quite legendary himself.

Only two Hall of Famers had ever served as starting pitchers for three straight All-Star Games before Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who will get the honor for the American League on Tuesday night (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

In other words, Sale -- smack in the middle of his prime at 29 years old -- is clearly becoming quite legendary himself.

The lanky lefty will join Hall of Famers Lefty Gomez (AL, 1933-35) and Robin Roberts (National League, 1953-55) as the only members of this distinguished club.

"Obviously I appreciate it. It's a big honor," Sale said. "I know this hasn't happened very often in a long time. I appreciate it. I'm going to try and have some fun with it. That's why we're all here too. Grip and rip, and try to get a win."

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It was AL manager AJ Hinch, who guided the Astros to the World Series championship last season, who tabbed Sale for the big honor on Monday afternoon.

"Some tough choices around the league," Hinch said. "There are a number of guys that I considered. But honestly, the proof is in the numbers and the most consistent starter in the American League. ... Do you like pure dominance? Do you like the punch? We've seen a few of those. He is truly a special pitcher in our league. He truly is someone who deserves this honor."

It is an honor that Sale grabbed at a time he is absolutely on fire for the Red Sox, who have five All-Stars and the best record in the Major Leagues at 68-30. Mookie Betts will lead off and play right field for the AL All-Star team, Hinch announced, and designated hitter J.D. Martinez will bat cleanup.

• Complete All-Star Game starting lineups

In Sale's last seven starts before the break, he was 5-1 with a 0.94 ERA, notching 78 strikeouts in 48 innings and not allowing a homer. For the season, he is 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.

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The 6-foot-6 lefty possesses elite velocity and wipeout secondary pitches, and he could be putting himself in position to claim the coveted AL Cy Young Award that is missing from his mantle. Sale has finished between second and sixth balloting for the award in each of the past six seasons.

He will be opposed by Nationals ace right-hander Max Scherzer for the second consecutive Midsummer Classic, setting up an early duel between two of the most overpowering pitchers of this era.

"To me, Chris is the complete pitcher," said Scherzer. "A guy who can go out there pitch multiple pitches, attack the strike zone, has the fastball and demeanor and intensity out there to compete with anybody."

This is Sale's seventh straight trip to the All-Star Game.

"He's going to give you everything he's got, whether it means 120 pitches, and honestly, for me, when I get to face him, it brings the best out of me," said Scherzer. "I love competing against him. He's one of the best in the game, if not the best, and he's so much fun to watch."

Video: Sale on being named AL All-Star starting pitcher

Sale is known as much for his fierce competitiveness as for his gaudy numbers. Don't expect that fire to go away in the All-Star Game.

"Obviously the competition is the best," Sale said. "I mean, you look at both of these lineups and they have the best hitters on the planet. Yeah, you definitely have to have your stuff together and go out there and just compete. I've always loved a packed house."

Sale's 188 K's at the break are the most since Randy Johnson had 202 in 2001.

In his 2016 All-Star Game start, Sale tossed nine pitches over one inning, serving up a first-pitch homer to Kris Bryant that lasered over the left-field wall at Petco Park. Sale also induced a flyout from Ben Zobrist, a groundout from Bryce Harper and a strikeout from Wil Myers.

In 2017, Sale worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out two over 28 pitches.

Video: 2017 ASG: Sale strikes out Stanton swinging in 1st

"These ballparks get pretty lively during these events, too, during the All-Star Game. It just raises your adrenaline a little bit, and [you] just go out there and compete," said Sale.

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Leon's double off Green Monster caused a scare

One of the most iconic ballpark features in all of baseball is the Green Monster at Fenway Park and its manually-operated scoreboard housed at the base. That scoreboard can also get a bit noisy when a ball hits off it.

When Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon hit a double off the scoreboard in the fifth inning of Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, we heard that the sound can be loud enough to inspire fright (as you can hear at around the :05 mark in the above video). 

Mata throws scoreless frame in Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

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ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

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METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt with Brendan Rodgers batting, and allowed Adell to score from third. For that, Medina was credited as the losing pitcher.

Video: WLD@USA: Adell scores go-ahead run on wild pitch

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.

Dalbec makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.

Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.

The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.

C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.

1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.

2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Watch: Diaz goes yard

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

Watch: Dalbec bashes homer

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.

OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

Watch: Hall notches strikeout

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Bottom of the order boosts Boston in finale

JBJ, Holt, Leon combine for 5 hits, 3 RBIs against Blue Jays
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BOSTON -- There was no star on Sunday, no single slugger who carried the Red Sox to victory.

And that is what has allowed Boston to be the winningest team in baseball entering the All-Star break. Sure, the Red Sox are home to the MLB leaders in five offensive categories, but that's only the top of the batting order.

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BOSTON -- There was no star on Sunday, no single slugger who carried the Red Sox to victory.

And that is what has allowed Boston to be the winningest team in baseball entering the All-Star break. Sure, the Red Sox are home to the MLB leaders in five offensive categories, but that's only the top of the batting order.

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A solid effort from the bottom half of the lineup boosted the Red Sox over the Blue Jays, 5-2, in the final game of the first half Sunday at Fenway Park. The victory left Boston with 68 wins in the first half, a 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East and 12 wins in its last 13 games heading into the All-Star break.

Video: TOR@BOS: Cora on ending 1st half, Rodriguez's injury

"Obviously, we have something real nice going on with this team," Xander Bogaerts said. "A lot of guys are starting to heat up lately. It's tough to go into the break with some guys heating up like that. But hopefully when we come back, we pick it up right where we left off."

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez went hitless in the win, but the rest of the lineup picked up the slack -- a theme Red Sox manager Alex Cora has touched on when asked why his team continues to excel despite depth issues from injuries.

"It's going to take everybody to win and go deep into the season," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "We can't just put it on one, two, three, four people. We've got to do it collectively as a whole."

Bradley, Brock Holt and Sandy Leon hit a combined 5-for-9 with three RBIs in the win.

Boston took a first-inning lead thanks to a solo home run by Bogaerts -- his second in as many at-bats after Saturday's 10th-inning, walk-off grand slam -- and a single from Holt.

Video: TOR@BOS: Bogaerts mashes solo homer over the Monster

The production comes as Holt and Leon have been compensating defensively for a slew of injured Red Sox players -- including Christian Vazquez, Dustin Pedroia and Rafael Devers. Holt and Eduardo Nunez have tag-teamed at second base in Pedroia's stead, while Leon has shouldered most of the catching load, with help from Blake Swihart.

Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run in the third inning to tie the score at 2. Bradley restored the Red Sox's lead in the fifth inning with an off-the-wall RBI double to center field. He then extended the lead to 4-2, scoring on Bogaerts' groundout.

"The way Jackie's swinging the bat now, he's not only hitting the ball solid he's putting good at-bats," Cora said, citing the walk Bradley drew before Bogaerts' grand slam, and two off-the-wall doubles.

Holt tacked on another run with an RBI single in the sixth, and Boston's bullpen held the Blue Jays scoreless through the final frames to lock in the win.

Video: TOR@BOS: Holt singles in Moreland to pad lead in 6th

That's how the Red Sox hammer out high-scoring wins. From the All-Stars to the bottom of the lineup, batters do their part to reach base and exhaust the opposing pitcher.

"Those guys have been doing great," Betts said. "Extending innings, making pitchers work, running the bases well. Just getting on base for the guys at the top to hit them in."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
After a dropped catch by Holt and a miscommunication between him and Bogaerts allowed runners to reach first and second, the Blue Jays managed a single off of Heath Hembree, loading the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. But Hembree struck out Dwight Smith Jr., holding the Blue Jays scoreless to preserve the Red Sox's 3-2 lead.

Video: TOR@BOS: Hembree K's Smith with bases loaded in 8th

SOUND SMART
Boston's 68 wins at the break mark the first time since 1949 it has tallied that many wins in 98 games. The Red Sox's .694 winning percentage is the second highest in franchise history at this point in the season.

HE SAID IT
"We have a very powerful, potent offense that can score from anywhere, and then we have a great bullpen that can come through and shut guys down. So I think we do a lot of good things on the field, and it shows." -- Betts

UP NEXT
Martinez and four of his teammates were rewarded for an incredible first half with a trip to the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The Red Sox slugger will look to continue that momentum in the second half as Boston travels to Detroit to face the Tigers in Friday's second-half opener. David Price (10-6, 4.42 ERA) will take the ball for the Red Sox, and Detroit will counter with Matthew Boyd (4-8, 4.76). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Xander's walk-off slam encore: A solo shot

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BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts stepped from the shadows with a huge home run on Saturday, and on Sunday, he showed that he wasn't going anywhere.

After sealing the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, Bogaerts crushed a solo home run in the first inning of Boston's 5-2 win against the Blue Jays on Sunday at Fenway Park.

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BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts stepped from the shadows with a huge home run on Saturday, and on Sunday, he showed that he wasn't going anywhere.

After sealing the Red Sox's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays with a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning on Saturday, Bogaerts crushed a solo home run in the first inning of Boston's 5-2 win against the Blue Jays on Sunday at Fenway Park.

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"That was special," Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "You know, back-to-back at-bats, obviously, going back to last night. You know, he got us some early momentum, and it was a lot of fun to see."

On a 1-1 pitch, Bogaerts ripped Marcus Stroman's 93-mph fastball an estimated 423 feet, clearing the Green Monster and reaching the street. The homer had a 110-mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

It gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead, and the offensive spark they needed.

Bogaerts struggled earlier in the season as he recovered from an ankle injury. But now, it appears he is hitting his stride. And Bogaerts is relieved to be back at full strength.

"It's amazing what can happen when you're healthy," Bradley said. "Trying to play through injuries is difficult. It gets hard enough, but to do it while you're hurt, it doesn't turn out well too often."

The homer was Bogaerts' 16th, extending his hitting streak to six games. It marks the fourth time this season Bogaerts has hit a home run in consecutive games.

"I think it's nice to help contribute," he said.

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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E-Rod's injury 'serious' but won't need surgery

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BOSTON -- After spraining his right ankle in a collision at first base against the Blue Jays, Eduardo Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, a decision Red Sox manager Alex Cora said was not influenced by the upcoming All-Star break.

Rodriguez underwent medical tests during Boston's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday and was found to have "serious" ligament damage, according to Cora. Rodriguez will not need surgery, but he will wear a boot for two weeks before being re-evaluated.

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BOSTON -- After spraining his right ankle in a collision at first base against the Blue Jays, Eduardo Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, a decision Red Sox manager Alex Cora said was not influenced by the upcoming All-Star break.

Rodriguez underwent medical tests during Boston's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday and was found to have "serious" ligament damage, according to Cora. Rodriguez will not need surgery, but he will wear a boot for two weeks before being re-evaluated.

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"No matter if I was pitching good or bad, I just want to be out there pitching with them and be with the team," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez sustained the injury during the sixth inning of Saturday's 10th-inning win against the Blue Jays, on a collision at first base with Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who went on the 7-day concussion DL as a result.

Although he said his ankle was feeling slightly better Sunday, how long Rodriguez will be out remains uncertain.

The loss is the latest blow to the Red Sox's stretched-thin depth. Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright are making slow recoveries, straining the rest of the bullpen. And with Dustin Pedroia likely out for the season, Cora had to get creative among his position players.

"We've been tested the whole season, and we are where we are," Cora said. "Brock [Holt] and Eduardo [Nunez] have done a good job at second base without Pedroia. Pitching wise, Hector [Velazquez] and [Brian Johnson] have done a good job, and they'll have to keep doing a good job throughout the season for this to happen."

Yet the Red Sox keep excelling, winning 11 of their last 12 games despite injuries and a struggling bullpen. Cora said attributed their continued success to players called up from Triple-A Pawtucket replenishing the bullpen, and batters later in the lineup hitting their stride -- like Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, who hit a walk-off grand slam in Saturday's win.

Video: TOR@BOS: Bogaerts wins it with a walk-off grand slam

As they buckle down Sunday with their still-healthy lineup and enter the second half of the season, the upcoming break is a welcome one.

"The All-Star break is coming at a perfect time," Cora said. "But yeah, health, we've got to stay healthy. That's the most important thing."

Moreland ready for All-Star experience
Mitch Moreland's mentality can be summed up by his silence: Keep your head down, and work hard.

Moreland, who returned to the Red Sox's lineup for their final game of the first half against the Blue Jays on Sunday, is anything but outspoken about his accomplishments. But his quiet, on-the-field excellence has been recognized in the form of a spot in the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

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"It's exciting, something that I'll definitely cherish," Moreland said.

But the All-Star Game is not what excites Moreland most about traveling to D.C. Instead, it's the Home Run Derby -- when he can bring his son on the field.

"I'm looking forward to doing that with my son, my eldest, and he's looking forward to it, too," Moreland said.

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The father-son moment will be the pinnacle in a stretch of baseball that will no doubt leave Moreland exhausted by the end, according to other players he's asked. Through that time, he has two priorities: staying healthy, and relishing the achievement.

A feat he accomplished by playing his way. No talking, just performing.

"That's kind of the way I try to go about my business," Moreland said. "Keep my head down, work hard, try to do the right stuff. For that to be recognized is definitely an honor, and humbling, and something I don't take lightly."

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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Dalbec continues to rake for Salem

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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The Twins' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall) rebounded from an 0-for-3 showing on Saturday in his Florida State League debut to finish 4-for-5 with four singles and one run scored in Fort Myers' 5-4 loss against Lakeland.

Lewis opened the game with a leadoff single to center field for his first hit with the Miracle. He added two more knocks in his next two trips to the plate before grounding into a double play to end the seventh inning, as well as his perfect night at the plate. He picked up his fourth hit in the top of the ninth inning and later came around to score on Miguel Sano's two-run double.

Lewis batted .279 with four homers and 18 steals between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A Cedar Rapids last summer following his selection by the Twins with the No. 1 pick.

In his first full season, meanwhile, the 19-year-old shortstop has elevated his stock by hitting .320/.373/.485 with nine homers, 23 doubles and 53 RBIs in 77 games between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He's also tallied 22 steals in 27 attempts and has demonstrated an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering strikeout and walk rates of 14.9 and 7.4 percent, respectively, over 336 plate appearances.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

• No. 5 overall prospect Victor Robles (Nationals' No. 1) filled out the box score by recording his second multihit performance in three games while on a rehab assignment in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 21-year-old outfielder reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Robles also swiped a pair of bags in the contest, giving him four steals to go along with a .385 average in his first six games back from a three-month stint on the disabled list because of a hyperextended left elbow that he suffered on April 9.

• No. 13 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres' No. 2) set a career high with 10 strikeouts in five innings but ultimately took the loss as Class A Fort Wayne fell to Peoria, 2-1. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a season-high three walks while throwing 93 pitches (56 strikes). Gore has been sharp since his return from a second stint on the disabled list for a blister issue, as Sunday's outing gives the 19-year-old southpaw a 2.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts over his last 28 innings.

Watch: Gore strikes out 10th

• No. 63 overall prospect Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 4) permitted one earned run on three hits in seven innings to earn the win in his longest start of the season for Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old right-hander racked up nine strikeouts, his second-highest total this season, and walked a pair while throwing 61 of 98 pitches for strikes. At the plate, meanwhile, Daz Cameron (Tigers' No. 10) paced the SeaWolves' offense with a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance that was highlighted by two-run homer in the first inning. It was the third straight two-hit game for the 21-year-old outfielder, who's slashed .311/.371/.566 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games since receiving a promotion to Double-A.

Brewers No. 8 prospect Tristen Lutz hit a pair of doubles and plated three runs to help power Class A Wisconsin past South Bend, 11-7. He accounted for three of his team's 16 hits in the victory, going 3-for-6 in his fifth multihit performance in nine games. After posting a .182 average with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate across his first 28 games, Lutz, a 19-year-old outfielder, is now hitting .291 with 28 extra-base hits and a 24.3 percent whiff rate over his last 51 games. Altogether, Lutz has produced a .251/.322/.438 batting line with nine homers, 23 doubles and 42 RBIs in 79 games.

Cardinals No. 30 prospect Daniel Poncedeleon fired a one-hit shutout, the first of his career, in Triple-A Memphis' 8-0 win over Omaha. Facing three over the minimum over nine innings, the 26-year-old right-hander posted five strikeouts against two walks and threw 77 of his 110 pitches for strikes in the Redbirds' first nine-inning shutout in two years. Spending all of 2018 in the Pacific Coast League -- save a for a three-day stint with the Cardinals in June during which he failed to appear in a game -- Poncedeleon has pitched to 2.15 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 48 walks in 92 innings (18 games/17 starts). He's held opponents to a .198 average and just four home runs in the hitter-friendly league.

Poncedeleon finishes one-hitter

Phillies No. 15 prospect Dylan Cozens hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a solo shot en route to his fourth multi-homer game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cozens also tallied a double in the contest to finish 3-for-4 with three RBIs. After leading the Minors with 40 homers in 2016 and hitting 27 more last season, Cozens has produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in the last 10 games.

Cozens goes yard

Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec went deep for a seventh time in 10 games for Class A Advanced Salem as he extended his Carolina League-leading home run total to 23. The 23-year-old third baseman reached base in each of his four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Dalbec's now homered eight times in just 14 games in July after totaling 15 homers in 73 games across the season's first three months. He's hitting .265 overall, with a circuit-best 25 doubles, 78 RBIs and 176 total bases.

• Cubs first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 24 overall pick) connected on his first full-season home run, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning of Class A South Bend's loss to Wisconsin. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate, also recording a double to go along with three RBIs in the loss. A 21-year-old shortstop whom the Cubs selected out of Stanford, Hoerner is batting a combined .327/.450/.571 with 10 runs, six stolen bases and six extra-base hits in the first 14 games of his professional career.

Hoerner hits first MWL homer

• Giants first-rounder Joey Bart (No. 2 overall pick) slugged the seventh home run of his career and finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer's loss against Everett. All seven of Bart's homers have come in the 10 games since his promotion to Salem-Keizer, a stretch during which the 21-year-old catcher is hitting .310 with a 1.213 OPS and 16 RBIs.

• Cardinals first-rounder Nolan Gorman (No. 19 overall pick) owns a share of the Rookie-level Appalachian League home run lead after connecting on his seventh home run in 21 games for Johnson City. The homer, a fifth-inning solo shot, marked Gorman's only hit in four at-bats. The 18-year-old slugger is hitting .309 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and 26 runs scored as a pro.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Bogaerts' slam lifts Red Sox in 10th inning

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BOSTON -- One swing. It was the difference between winning and losing, between being lost among a lineup of titans and standing out as one himself.

Xander Bogaerts chose the latter on Saturday, belting a walk-off grand slam to give the Red Sox a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays in the 10th inning at Fenway Park.

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BOSTON -- One swing. It was the difference between winning and losing, between being lost among a lineup of titans and standing out as one himself.

Xander Bogaerts chose the latter on Saturday, belting a walk-off grand slam to give the Red Sox a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays in the 10th inning at Fenway Park.

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It was the Red Sox's first walk-off grand slam since Rico Brogna on Aug. 14, 2000, against Tampa Bay.