Matt Barnes, Nathan Eovaldi, JD Martinez Named All Stars, Red Sox Lead League with Five


Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers will have company in Denver.

J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes were named American League All-Star reserves, set to join starters Bogaerts and Devers at the Midsummer Classic at Coors Field on July 13.

• MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard: July 13 on FOX

Their five All-Stars are the most of any club in the AL. The last time the Red Sox had five All-Stars was 2018, when they were represented by Martinez, Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Mitch Moreland and Craig Kimbrel.

For Martinez, this is his fourth career All-Star nomination, three of which have come during his time with Boston. His first came with the Tigers in 2015.

Entering Sunday, Martinez is slashing .303/.369/.557 with 17 home runs. This season has been a bounce-back year for the three-time Silver Slugger, who hit .213/.291/.389 last season.

While Martinez has represented the Junior Circuit several times, this is the first selection for Barnes and Eovaldi, both of whom are enjoying the best seasons of their respective careers.

Eovaldi has built off last season’s success and emerged as one of the American League’s best starters, posting a 3.41 ERA, 2.55 FIP and 136 ERA+, all of which would be career bests, across 97 2/3 innings.

The right-hander has been especially crisp since the calendar turned over to June. In his last six starts, Eovaldi has a 2.43 ERA across 37 innings with 32 strikeouts.

Barnes has excelled since stepping into the role of Boston’s full-time closer, logging a career-high 18 saves. The right-hander’s 2.75 ERA, 1.96 FIP and 170 ERA+ across 36.0 innings would be career-best tallies as well.

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