PHOENIX -- Before the All-Star Game, Hunter Pence sat in front his locker in Chase Field's home clubhouse and talked some Josh Beckett.



PHOENIX -- Josh Frasier, the bullpen catcher for the American League, said after the AL's 5-1 loss to the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game that he didn't notice any physical issues with Josh Beckett leading up to the time the Red Sox hurler decided not to enter the game. Frasier confirmed what Beckett said during the game, that the pitcher's left knee wasn't an issue him until toward the end of the second-inning warm-up session.

PHOENIX -- A fourth-inning solo homer by Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez proved the only offense that the American League could muster, as the National League claimed a 5-1 victory in the All-Star Game. The outcome -- the second straight win for the senior circuit -- ensured that the National League's World Series representative will have home-field advantage.

PHOENIX -- Speaking during the All-Star Game, Josh Beckett explained that the decision not to pitch as planned in the second inning was precautionary after the Red Sox starter felt stiffness in his left knee toward the end of his warm-ups.

Beckett said that he didn't believe he had re-injured the knee, which was originally hyperextended during his most recent start, and that it shouldn't prevent him from making his next scheduled start against the Rays on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

PHOENIX -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez blasted a solo homer to right field in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game, lining an 86 mph cut fastball from Phillies hurler Cliff Lee just over the fence at Chase Field. The blast gave the AL its first hit and put the squad ahead of the National League, 1-0.

It was the first time that Gonzalez had gone deep in four All-Star game appearances. In his first three All-Star Games, he was 1-for-5 with a walk.

PHOENIX -- Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, who was slated to pitch the second inning of the All-Star Game for the American League, instead proved unable to pitch after experiencing soreness in his left knee while attempting to warm up in the bullpen. Beckett was pulled from his final start of the first half on Friday after he suffered what the team described as a mildly hyperextended left knee after his foot slipped on the wet mound at Fenway Park.

PHOENIX -- Speaking before Tuesday's All-Star Game, David Ortiz said he hasn't been in communication with representatives from Major League Baseball regarding a possible suspension stemming from his fight with Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg Friday night, but is planning on reaching out.

Major League Baseball vice president Joe Torre told the Boston Globe Tuesday that a decision regarding any suspensions will be made Thursday.

"I haven't, but I will," said Ortiz when asked if he has had any communication with the MLB decision-makers. 

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing his second All-Star season. Lester, who leads the Sox with 10 wins, said that when it comes to being an All-Star and all the hoopla that goes with it, it's easier the second time around. 

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined the Mut & Merloni show for his weekly Tuesday appearance and talked about the Home Run Derby that he helped to cover for the network Monday night. Kruk said he got a unique vantage point of Robinson Cano's derby victory and that helped him appreciate the show all the more.

"I've never been on the field for the Home Run Derby," he said. "I've either been up in the booth or watching on TV and it was an impressive spectacle last night."

David Ortiz -- a free agent at the end of the season -- told the Boston Herald on Monday that he feels he deserves a two-year contract with an option for a third season.