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07/12/2011 - 6:56pm
Ortiz plans on giving his side to MLB

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. 

"We'll see. I know there is going to be some discipline going on with myself, but like I said, things get out of hand and I don't feel like I was the one who started it."

Ortiz also noted that it would depend on what level the punishment was as to whether or not he would appeal the ruling.

"It all depends on what they come with," he said. "They could do anything...

07/12/2011 - 5:50pm
Lester: Now a good time to change ASG
By: DJ Bean

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. 

"It's a little bit different. I've had a little bit more of an opportunity to enjoy it," Lester said. "I don't have to prepare for anything. I'm more or less just hanging out and enjoying just being around these guys. Last year my wife didn't get to come out and she got to come out with our son this year and I got to enjoy it with them and they kind of got to experience these chaotic two days of the All-Star Game."

The format of the All-Star game and all that goes with it has been a popular topic, as it has determined home field advantage in the World Series since 2003.

"I like it and I don't," Lester said of the system. "I like it because it adds...

07/12/2011 - 12:51pm
Kruk on M&M: ASG no-shows 'a problem'

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."

Although the Derby can prove to be quite the show, some still find plenty to gripe about concerning MLB's handling of the All-Star festivities. One of the biggest issues this season has been the amount of All-Stars selected (82) because of the amount that have dropped out due to injury or a myriad of other reasons. Kruk said this could continue to be an issue down the line if this keeps up.

"Oh no, it's a problem because it's trending," he...

07/12/2011 - 11:07am
Pierce's World Series of Poker run ends

It looks like Paul Pierce won't be accessorizing his 2008 NBA championship ring with a gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker's main event this year.

After surviving the first day of competition with $63,750 in chips and lasting all but 20 minutes of Level 9 on the second day, Pierce went all in on a pair of pocket deuces, losing to Allan Vrooman and his pocket jacks, according to's poker blog.

Pierce reportedly outperformed half of the 2,031-person field at the WSOP main event and left to a hefty round of applause from the many fans who had gathered around to watch the Celtics captain compete at the secondary feature table.

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07/12/2011 - 9:07am
Ortiz: I want a two-year deal

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.

“You know what? I’ve been in this organization for nine years. My numbers ain’t that bad, you know what I’m saying?” said Ortiz. “I don’t think I need to open any more eyes than I have already. If you haven’t seen me, you ain’t.”

Ortiz, in Phoenix as an All-Star, is having a superb season in his contract year, ranking in the top 10 in the American League in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, RBI and total bases. He'll turn 36 in November and does not feel his age should play a factor in a possible two (or three) year deal with the Sox.

“Oh yeah...

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