POWER FROM PAPI: David Ortiz ranks T-3rd in the AL with 14 homers in 40 games since 6/11, trailing only DET’s J.D. Martinez (17) and LAA’s Mike Trout (15)…Prior to this stretch, he had homered 6 times in 52 games to begin 2015.
· Ortiz has hit 5 homers and 2 doubles in his last 10 games, going 12-for-40 (.300) with 13 RBI…On Sunday night, he went 4-for-5 with 2 HR and a career-high 7 RBI, pushing him past Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby (1,584), Harmon Killebrew (1,584), and Al Kaline (1,582) on baseball’s all-time RBI list…At 39, he was the oldest major leaguer ever at the time of his 1st career 7+ RBI game.
X AMONG THE BEST: Xander Bogaerts ranks 8th in the AL with a team-best .311 AVG (115-for-370)…His 4, 4+ hit games this season lead the AL and are tied with LAD’s Howie Kendrick for the MLB lead…He ranks 3rd in the AL with a .371 AVG (36-for-97) in July…Since 5/31, Bogaerts leads the AL (4th in MLB) with a .348 AVG (73-for-210).
· Bogaerts leads the AL with a .381 (32-for-84) with RISP this season, including a .444 AVG (20-for-45) with RISP since 6/7…He is tied for the ML lead with 6 hits in extra innings (6-for-8).
WHAT’S ON TAP: The Red Sox play 6 straight divisional games beginning tomorrow night, with 3 against the Rays at home followed by 3 against the Yankees in New York…These 6 games mark the club’s only contests against AL East foes within the first 41 games immediately following the All-Star break (through 8/30)…After that point, the club plays division rivals in 26 of its 32 remaining games…Boston is 17-27 (.386) in divisional games this season.
· Today is the 14th in a stretch of 17 days without a scheduled off-day immediately following the All-Star break…Beginning Monday, Boston will be off 3 times during an 11-day stretch until returning to Fenway on 8/14.