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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 01: Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox looks on after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on July 01, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

The Red Sox return from their west coast road trip on Friday for Game 1 of a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s the team’s final three games before the MLB All-Star break.

While the first-place Red Sox may be looking ahead to some well-earned time off, their break isn’t exactly on par with the rest of the league. 28 of the 30 Major League teams are off from Monday to Thursday next week, resuming action on Friday. However, on Thursday the Red Sox will be in New York beginning a four-game series with the Yankees. It’s the only game on the MLB slate for that day.

There’s been no reason given for the Red Sox early return. It’s not as if there’s not other games to be played – there’s a pair of double-headers scheduled for Friday between the Twins and Tigers and Marlins and Phillies.

Asked about his expectations for the All-Star break on Friday, Red Sox outfielder Kiké Hernandez didn’t shy away from calling out the league. “More important than [getting rest during the break] is the extra day from the break that MLB took away from us for some reason,” Hernandez explained. “But whatever. That’s them and their logic of making schedules. I guess 28 teams need four days off and two teams don’t. So – whatever.”

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