If there was any doubt left that the Red Sox have the best left side of the infield in the American League, there shouldn’t be anymore. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers were both named All-Star starters during the league’s announcement on Thursday night.
This will the third All-Star appearance for Bogaerts, who was elected as a starter in 2016 and reserve in 2019. Meanwhile, Devers will be making his debut in the midsummer classic.
So far in 2021, Bogaerts is hitting .330 – the third-best average in the AL. Devers’ 19 home runs and 64 RBIs pace the Red Sox, who after Thursday’s 15-1 drubbing of the Royals have scored the second-most runs in baseball. Both Bogaerts and Devers are tied for the AL lead with 24 doubles each.
With Bogaerts and Devers in the lineup, the Red Sox will have multiple starters at the All-Star game for the first time since 2018. The team had five All-Stars that year in total, with Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Chris Sale in the lineup, Mitch Moreland on the bench, and Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen.
The full All-Star starting lineups can be found at MLB.com. Pitchers and reserves will be announced Sunday afternoon. A number of Red Sox relievers, namely Matt Barnes and Garrett Whitlock, are candidates to be selected. Martinez and Alex Verdugo can make it as reserves after making it to the second round of fan voting. The All-Star game takes place Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver.
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