Red Sox Look To Sustain Dominance After All-Star Break

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The Red Sox reached the All-Star break with a ridiculous 68-30 record - on pace for 112 wins, which would rank fourth-highest in MLB history.

The Sox started their season 17-2 while most Bostonians were still preoccupied with the Celtics' and Bruins' playoff runs, but everyone's paying attention now. Boston's won 17 of 20 to take a four-and-a-half-game lead on both New York and Houston for the best record in baseball.

Red Sox skipper Alex Cora said his group's not worried about who's chasing them in the standings.

"I don't think they're pushing us - we push ourselves. We expect to show up every day and play the way we've been doing," Cora said. "But one thing about the guys, and I said it the last few weeks, they show up, they prepare, they play, but whatever result they turn the page right away. They don't get caught up on, 'We won!' or 'We lost.' We've gotta show up every day because it's right in front of us, everybody knows it." 

Xander Bogaerts is hoping the confident clubhouse continues to stay relaxed and build towards another championship.

"We have something really nice going on with this team," Bogaerts said. "A lot of guys are starting to heat up lately."

Even Sox legend David Ortiz is enjoying the dominant display. "It's fun man, it's fun," Ortiz told NESN. "You know I'm part of the organization and we go through everything together. The guys are doing great, I'm so happy for everything that is going on with the organization."

Boston's .694 winning percentage is its second-highest ever at the break, behind only the 1946 squad. That's also the last time the franchise hit the century mark in wins, or won 68 of the first 98.

The Red Sox will start a six-game road trip in Detroit Friday.

WBZ News Radio 1030's Adam Kaufman Reports:

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