Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias walked off the McCoy Stadium field Sunday night after being hit in the helmet by a fastball from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Andrew Brackman in the eighth inning of the Pawtucket Red Sox' 9-3 win over the Yankees.
According to the Providence Journal, Iglesias fell to the dirt after being struck in the back of the head, leading to immediate attention from the Pawtucket medical staff. The shortstop was flipped on his back and eventually lifted to his feet before walking to the dugout, for the most part under his own power.
"He went up to get checked. He got hit pretty good in the back of the head," manager Arnie Beyeler told reporters about Iglesias, who was 1-for-3 in the game with a single. "At least he was OK walking out of here. The back of his head's a little sore. Hopefully he'll be OK."
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Kevin Youkilis' bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Red Sox, who claimed a 2-1 win over the Astros in the teams' series finale in Houston. The victory handed the Sox a sweep of the Astros, while allowing Terry Francona's team to come away from its nine-game road trip with a winning record (5-4).
Earning the win was Josh Beckett, who turned in a dominant eight-inning performance. The starter allowed one run on five hits, striking out 11 and not walking a batter while lowering his ERA 2.12.
The game-winning run for the Sox came against Astros closer Mark Melancon, who issued a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Drew Sutton before giving up Jacoby Ellsbury's second hit of the day. After a fielder's choice by Dustin Pedroia and intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, Melancon walked Youkilis after going to a 3-1 count.
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Red Sox slugger David Ortiz told reporters in Houston that he would pick teammate Adrian Gonzalez as well as Toronto's Jose Bautista to be on his team for the annual Home Run Derby conducted the day before the All-Star Game. Ortiz is serving as the captain for the American League side and will participate as well. Prince Fielder is the National League captain.
Ortiz also wanted to take Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, but Teixeira was left off the All-Star team. Ortiz said his short list included Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton.
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Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz lead a contingent of four Red Sox players who have been named to the 2011 American League All-Star team. Gonzalez and Ortiz were voted in as starters in fan balloting, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett were selected as reserves. The reserves were voted in by players or selected by managers Ron Washington and Bruce Bochy.
In his first season with the Sox, Gonzalez (.353/.407/.593) entered play Sunday with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs. It's the fourth straight All-Star selection for the first baseman. Ortiz, who was voted in as a designated hitter, has had a strong comeback season for the Sox, posting lines of .302/.383/.565 to go with a team-high 17 home runs and 49 RBIs. This is his seventh All-Star appearance.
Ellsbury, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, has also had a bounceback year after missing most of last season with injuries. He's hitting .300 with a .361 on-base percentage...
Rookie shortstop Yamaico Navarro gets the call for the Sox on Sunday as they look to sweep the Astros in Houston. Navarro was recalled on Thursday after the team cut ties with outfielder Mike Cameron. Navarro homered in Saturday's game against the Houston helping the Sox take a 10-4 victory.
Jason Varitek will catch Josh Beckett as the Texas native looks to improve on his 6-3 record. Here's the rest of the lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Josh Reddick LF
Yamaico Navarro SS
Jason Varitek C
Josh Beckett P
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