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Betts slugs 16th HR as Red Sox beat Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Sale has high praise for Boston teammate Mookie Betts, and with good reason.

Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

"I knew once we got a lead with that guy, we were in pretty good shape," Betts said.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 M. Betts, Bos.365
2 J. Martinez, Bos.343
3 M. Machado, Bal.343
4 M. Brantley, Cle.331
5 A. Simmons, LAA.329
6 J. Lowrie, Oak.320
7 J. Segura, Sea.318
8 N. Castellanos, Det.316
9 J. Altuve, Hou.316
10 D. Gordon, Sea.304
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 O. Herrera, Phi.348
2 N. Markakis, Atl.341
3 M. Kemp, LAD.326
4 A. Cabrera, NYM.325
5 N. Arenado, Col.325
6 F. Freeman, Atl.324
7 S. Gennett, Cin.318
8 B. Belt, SF.313
9 J. Martínez, StL.311
10 S. Marte, Pit.308
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