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07/12/2010 - 2:23pm
All-Star mixup: Beltre says he will play

Despite an announcement from American League All-Star manager Joe Girardi that Adrian Beltre would not play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, the Red Sox third baseman said he is indeed planning to appear. "For now I'm going to play," said Beltre, who has an MRI scheduled for Thursday on his sore hamstring. Beltre said he plans on seeing how the hamstring feels during the American League team's workout Monday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

 

Girardi had told the media Monday morning in Anaheim that Texas' Michael Young would replace Beltre on the roster. Young is currently not on the American League roster, although he would be Beltre isn't ready to go. Young lives in the Los Angeles area.

 

"I don't know about the communication, I just know that obviously this is Adrian's decision and right now he feels he's going to play," said Beltre's agent Scott Boras. "If he gets out there and there is...

07/12/2010 - 1:20pm
Beltre replaced by Michael Young

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was replaced by Texas' Michael Young for the All-Star Game, according to American League manager Joe Girardi. Beltre suffered a hamstring injury while running out a ground ball in the Red Sox' 3-2 win over Toronto Sunday. Young is hitting .301 with 12 homers and 54 RBI for the Rangers. For more coverage from the All-Star Game see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/12/2010 - 12:58pm
Ortiz to hit 6th in Home Run Derby

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will hit sixth in Monday night's Home Run Derby contest as part of this week's All-Star festivities. This will be Ortiz's fourth career appearance in the derby after competing in three straight contests from 2004-06. He has never finished higher than fourth but hit a whopping 17 home runs in the first round of the 2005 derby in Detroit. Former Red Sox farmhand Hanley Ramirez will be competing out of the seventh spot, and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, who beat out Sox first basemen Kevin Youkilis in the AL Final Vote for the last spot on the AL All-Star roster, will take his hacks as well. Here is the entire derby lineup:

 

1. Chris Young, OF, Arizona

2. Vernon Wells, OF, Toronto

3. Corey Hart, OF, Milwaukee

4. Nick Swisher, OF, New York (AL)

5. Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis

6. David Ortiz, DH, Boston

7. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida

8. Miguel Cabrera, 1B,...

07/12/2010 - 12:53pm
Price, not Lester, to start for AL

ANAHEIM -- Tampa Bay's David Price will start the All-Star Game for the American League, getting the nod from AL manager Joe Girardi over Jon Lester of the Red Sox. Price is tied with CC Sabathia for the most wins in the AL (12), while carrying the league's best ERA (2.42). The case for Lester was bolstered by the fact he was just one win shy of Price, while limiting opponents to an American League-worst batting average of .203. Price was tops among player voting, according to Girardi

 

Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez -- who hits the break with 15 wins and a 2.20 ERA -- gets the start for the National League.

 

The American League lineup is as follows: Ichiro Suzuki RF, Derek Jeter SS, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Josh Hamilton CF, Vlad Guerrero DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Joe Mauer C, Robinson Cano 2B, Carl Crawford LF.

 

The National League lineup, as announced by manager Charlie Manuel: Hanley Ramirez SS, Martin Prado 2B,...

07/12/2010 - 11:29am
Rondo decides to try out for Team USA

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be added to the Team USA tryout roster for the 2010 World Championships. Rondo had asked to be left off the roster because of a family commitment, but he appears to have changed his summer plans. He will join 21 other players who will be fighting for a roster spot when they attend the team's July 20-24 training camp in Las Vegas.

 

"We got confirmation [Saturday night] that Rondo will come,'' USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told AOL FanHouse. "We're very pleased to have Rondo with us. He's very enthusiastic [about representing Team USA]. We feel very comfortable with where we're at."

 

Rondo will have some stiff competition at the point guard position as he goes up against Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry as well as the two most recent Rookies of the Year in Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.

 

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