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07/06/2010 - 6:36pm
Ortiz officially in the HR Derby

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz has been asked to participate in the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby and -- and as he said he would Monday -- the designated hitter has accepted the offer.

Thus far six players have accepted invitations to compete in the Derby: Ortiz, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, New York's Robinson Cano, Toronto's Vernon Wells, Milwaukee's Corey Hart, and Matt Holliday of the Cardinals.

Ortiz last participated in the Home Run Derby in 2006, when he made it to the second round of competition. He also took part in the 2005 and 2004 competitons. Entering Monday’s games, he is tied for seventh in the American League with 17 homers.

Ortiz said he doesn’t know who would be his pitcher for the Home Run Derby as Ino Guerrero, one of the Red Sox’ batting practice pitchers, is going home for the All-Star break. The Derby will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim Monday night.

“You get tired after a while,...

07/06/2010 - 6:22pm
Bowden moved to bullpen in Pawtucket

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Michael Bowden has been moved into the Pawtucket Red Sox' bullpen, a move that may pave the way to the 23-year-old to help the Red Sox' pen at some point during the final months of the regular season. Bowden, who made seven relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2009, has been dominant for the PawSox as of late, allowing a total of six runs over his last five outings. The righty is coming off an outing against Scranton-Wilkes Barre that saw him give up just one run on one hit over 7 1/3 innings. For more see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/06/2010 - 4:28pm
Ellsbury could visit with Red Sox in Toronto

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been working out for just over five weeks at Athletes' Performance in Arizona as he tries to return from a non-displaced rib fracture, could rejoin the Red Sox for their upcoming series in Toronto. Ellsbury has now resumed throwing, his first baseball activity since landing on the DL at the end of May. Ellsbury has been limited to nine games, hitting .250/.267/.341/.608, as a result of two separate incidents that left him with a total of five fractured ribs. It is not known when what the timetable is for Ellsbury's return to the major league club.


07/06/2010 - 4:03pm
Beckett to pitch Sunday in Pawtucket

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, facing hitters for the first time since he suffered a back injury pitching against the Yankees in mid-May, threw 64 pitches in a simulated game against Gulf Coast League hitters at the Tropicana Dome. He faced a handful of players from the Red Sox' Rookie Level affiliate: Henry Ramos, Moko Moanaroa, Maykol Sanchez, Trygg Danforth and Luke Yoder.

 

Afterwards, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Beckett would make a start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. Beckett will likely make three rehab outings (with the one in St. Petersburg counting as the first one) and then see how he feels. That could have him on pace to return to the Sox about a week after the All-Star break.

 

"I thought they were both pretty good today," said Beckett of his velocity and command. "I thought my command was a lot better today than it was five days ago. I thought...

07/06/2010 - 3:34pm
Youkilis passes Swisher on Final Vote
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has moved ahead of Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher to lead the Final Vote balloting for the 81st annual MLB All-Star game. Red Sox fans are still encouraged to vote as often as possible leading up the polls closing Thursday at 4 p.m. EST. Youkilis is hitting .299 with 17 homers, 55 RBI, and a .416 on-base percentage. 

 

Joey Votto of the Reds, who is tied with Jose Bautista with 21 homers on the season, leads the National League. For more on the Red Sox, visit their team page at WEEI.com/redsox


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