All-Star Josh Beckett tuned up for the Midsummer Classic by pitching his fourth career complete-game shutout while rookie Aaron Bates provided the offense with a pair of doubles and three hits as the Red Sox blanked the Kansas City Royals, 6-0, at Fenway Park. Beckett (11-3) needed only 94 pitches for the complete game, allowing three hits while striking out seven and walking none to earn his 100th career win. The Red Sox took three-of-four in the weekend series and have the next four days off before resuming the season next Friday in Toronto. For more, visit the Full Count blog.
PAWTUCKET -- WEEI.com's Alex Katz has confirmed a report, which first appeared on the website of PawSox radio announcer Dan Hoard, that the Toronto Blue Jays had two pro scouts in attendance watching Clay Buchholz pitch for Triple-A Pawtucket today. Jays G.M. J.P. Ricciardi had told multiple media outlets that Toronto will scout other clubs in preparation for a potential deal. With Buchholz pitching, the team had two cross-checkers in attendance. Buchholz allowed five runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings, permitting eight hits and a walk while striking out three.
ST. LOUIS -- Red Sox minor leaguer Junichi Tazawa will serve as the starting pitcher for the World Team in the XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. The Sox signed Tazawa out of Japan's amateur industrial league this offseason. He has excelled in his first professional season, spent in Double-A Portland, going 8-5 with a 2.79 ERA. Fellow Sox prospect Casey Kelly is pitching for the U.S. Team. Kelly, a first-round draft pick in 2008, is 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA in a year spent at Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem. After today's game, Kelly will head to Fort Myers to being preparing for the rest of his minor-league season as a shortstop.
Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia briefly addressed the media Sunday morning after releasing a statement that he was going to miss the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis next week to instead be with his wife Kelli in the hospital.
Pedroia's wife has experienced complications with her first pregnancy, and the reigning AL MVP waited until the last minute to see if her condition improved enough for him to play. Instead, Pedroia -- who was elected to start at second base for the American League for the second consecutive year -- will stay behind in Boston with his wife, and Haverhill native and Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena will take Pedroia's spot on the AL roster.
"Obviously I need to be with my wife right now," said Pedrioa. "That's more important. I'm extremely honored to be selected by the fans and I wish I could be there. I hope everybody understands. Our organization -- Tito and everybody -- have been unbelievable....
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia issued the following statement Sunday regarding the All-Star Game:
“After consulting with Tito, Theo, Phyllis Merhige of Major League Baseball and my wife, Kelli, I have decided to withdraw from this year’s All-Star Game in St. Louis. I will instead stay in Boston with my wife as we tend to a family health matter.
"This was certainly not an easy decision. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game of baseball and for the All-Star Game and am incredibly honored that the fans voted me this year’s starting second baseman for the American League. I am disappointed that I will not be able to enjoy the amazing experience with the other All-Stars, especially with my Red Sox teammates, but it is important that I put my family first at this time.
"I want to thank Major League Baseball as well as Tito and Theo for supporting me in this...
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