ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Friday marked Mookie Betts' 83rd consecutive start for the Red Sox — the fourth-longest active streak in the American League behind Andrelton Simmons, Alcides Escobar and Mark Trumbo, who have all started every game this season for their respective teams.

Manager John Farrell has mentioned throughout the season the value of that durability for Boston — that an additional advantage to his team's youth is its ability to take the field every day.

Does Betts get tired?

"Everybody gets tired," he said. "It's just mind over matter at this point."

Does that streak of games played influence his performance? Betts entered Friday night hitless in his last 14 at-bats, with a spike in pop-ups over the last few days.

"For me, it's not that I'm tired or anything," he said. "I've been pretty inconsistent all year, so I think it's the same thing."

"He's put some balls in the air," said Farrell. "There's been some hard-hit balls in there. It's three games where he's coming off a series in Toronto where he was just outstanding."

Bench coach Gary DiSarcina mentioned Betts' durability as one of his strongest attributes.

"His ability to play every day has been impressive," DiSarcina said. "And to lead off. He's on base a lot, taking good secondary leads, concentrating on being aggressive. That beats you up mentally as well as physically.

"He's young. We like to always say, 'He's young, so he can go through it.'"

Boston is also tied for the longest average time of game — with Friday's opponent, the Rays. Red Sox games are about 10 minutes longer than the major-league average, meaning a player like Betts has been on the field for the equivalent of an extra 4.5 games by this point in the season.

Bogaerts still on the mend

Xander Bogaerts was out of the lineup on Friday as he continues to recover from a bruised right hand. Bogaerts departed Thursday's series opener in the first inning after being hit in the hand by a Jake Faria pitch.

"It's still pretty sore. A lot of improvement from yesterday, but it's still tough to hold a bat and throw a ball," Bogaerts said. "I knew coming in today it would be tough to play but I didn't expect it to feel this bad. Hopefully tomorrow it's much better compared to today."

"He's responded favorably to treatment throughout the course of the early afternoon" manager John Farrell said. "We're hopeful that overnight, another 24 hours of treatment, he'd be back available to us."

The Red Sox are hopeful that Bogaerts can return before the All-Star break.

Asked if he would spend the All-Star break at his home in Aruba after not winning the final vote for the American League, Bogaerts said, "I might just do that. I think I deserve to be on a beach."

Holt coming along

Brock Holt continues to make progress during his rehab stint, as the concussion symptoms that have plagued the utility player throughout this season have not emerged over the last week.

"He's gotten back into games without symptoms following," Farrell said.

That’s a big step for a player who has had two previous rehab stints cut short by a recurrence of symptoms. Holt played for Double-A Portland on Friday and will return to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.