CLEVELAND - There was more Boston love than you would expect from a Cleveland-based All-Star Game. The Red Sox were represented by Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and J.D. Martinez, as well as manager Alex Cora. Throughout the game, Cora, who acted as coach for the American League, showed off the league's dominance. The AL won by a score of 4-3, with Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians named MVP of the game. This was the seventh consecutive All-Star victory for the American League, which brought their record in the last 23 years of play to 19-3-1. That's pretty dominant.
Cora was the member of the Red Sox delegation to make the most impact. None of the three players were selected for the home run derby, and none mad much of an impact on the game, either. Martinez got two plate appearances as the starter and he struck out once and sent a screamer of a pitch all the way to the warning track early on. It looked like a home run, but it ultimately resulted in Martinez going 0-2.
Bogaerts, on the other hand, went 0-1, grounding into a double play in his lone plate appearance. And Betts didn't even get to hit and his role was solely to play defense in the outfield. Though, at the end of the day, the All Star game is just for bragging rights. The Red Sox are still the reigning champs and are positioned in the second half of the season to make an impact at least into September, and that's the much more important prize.