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07/13/2011 - 12:35am
Bullpen catcher: Beckett looked OK

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.

"That was the first time I ever caught him, so I don't know what's normal and what's not normal. He didn't seem to be hurting a lot, but I don't know his personality," Frasier said. "His stuff looked OK, but I don't know what normal is. The last six pitches or so he just slowed down."

Beckett, who was slated to pitch the second inning, said that the decision not to enter the game due to a stiff left knee was purely precautionary, and if it was a regular-season game he would have pitched....

07/12/2011 - 11:28pm
NL wins All-Star Game over Gonzalez, AL

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.

Gonzalez gave the AL a short-lived 1-0 advantage by ripping a solo homer just over the right-field fence against Phillies hurler Cliff Lee. However, the NL rallied in the bottom of the frame, when Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder drilled a three-run homer off the top of the fence in left-center. The NL added an insurance run in the following inning on a run-scoring single by Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier and concluded its scoring with an RBI double from Giants corner infielder Pablo Sandoval in the seventh.

Gonzalez delivered the standout moment of the game among the Red...

07/12/2011 - 9:44pm
Beckett: Move precautionary; knee no worse

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.

"I don't think so," Beckett said when asked if the injury could lead to a missed start. "I could have pitched. I'm not comfortable going out there and getting hurt in the All-Star Game and costing myself starts in the second half. I think that's how everybody should be. This game does mean a lot with the home-field advantage and everything but at the same time there are some important things that are ahead."

Beckett said he felt the knee...

07/12/2011 - 9:33pm
Gonzalez goes deep in All-Star Game

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.

Gonzalez' homer was the first by a Red Sox since J.D. Drew went deep in the 2008 All-Star Game en route to MVP honors in the contest.

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07/12/2011 - 9:03pm
Knee keeps Beckett out of All-Star Game

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.

Beckett is 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 starts for the Sox this year. The right-hander is the only one of the five members of the Red Sox' Opening Day rotation who hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet in 2011.

Beckett had been cleared to pitch in the Midsummer Classic following a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Sunday. He is currently slated to start for the Sox in Tampa Bay on Sunday, in Boston's third game of the second half.

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