Now the real test begins.

The Boston Red Sox exit the Major League Baseball All-Star break with the best record in the game at 68-30. But if the Red Sox are to achieve their ultimate goal this season, they will need David Price to be the ace that he is capable of being.

The left-hander had an average first half, posting a 10-6 record with a 4.42 ERA. But Boston will need him to be its No. 2 starter behind Chris Sale down the stretch and into the playoffs, and Price will begin his crucial second half Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

To hear NESN’s Dave O’Brien and Jerry Remy discuss Price, check out the “Red Sox Gameday Live” video above, presented by DCU.

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