Of the six Red Sox named to the All-Star team, five (Adrian Beltre, Jon Lester, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia) have contracts that call for them to receive $50,000 bonuses for their selections as reserves. Clay Buchholz, however, does not have an All-Star bonus clause in his 2010 contract. If Kevin Youkilis is added to the All-Star squad via fan voting, he would also receive a $50,000 bonus.
On a day the Red Sox had six players voted to the American League All-Star squad, the Orioles avoided a sweep thanks to three hits from Cesar Izturis and seven solid innings from starter Brian Matusz in a 6-1 Baltimore win on the Fourth at Fenway Park. The win helped Orioles avoid a three-game sweep.
The Red Sox were held to just a single by Bill Hall in the third and an Adrian Beltre double an inning later as the Baltimore lefty stifled the Boston bats on a hot day in the Fens. Matusz [3-9] snapped his personal nine-game losing streak in winning for the first time since April 18.
John Lackey took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings to fall to 9-4 on the season. Kevin Youkilis, who could join the Red Sox All-Stars if voted by fans this week, hit a solo homer leading off the ninth, giving him 17 to tie David Ortiz for the team lead.
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Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was placed on the disabled list on May 28 for a fractured rib, has yet to resume baseball activities while at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. The 26-year-old is making progress, according to Sox manager Terry Francona, but not to the point where he is ready to rejoin the team.
"When he's able to do baseball activities, he'll come with us," said Francona. "He's going to stay at API until he's ready to do baseball activities, and he's not ready to do that yet. ... He does feel like he's getting better. He'd like to ramp up his activities this week. Hopefully, we'll get a report that he's able to."
The one Red Sox player who could argue he was snubbed instead took time to recognize the accomplishment of his teammates when six Red Sox were voted to the All-Star Game in player balloting released Sunday by MLB.
"I think we're deserving," Kevin Youkilis said. "We have just as many wins as any team in baseball. We have 49 wins and we're tied with the Yankees in wins and that's most in baseball. That speaks for itself. We started out horrible and we had a lot of injuries and we've battled a lot of adversity and we deserve to have a lot of guys on the All-Star team. When you have the most wins in baseball, you deserve to have more All-Stars than none."
Kevin Youkilis was named as one of five American League players eligible to be voted in on a special ballot by fans.
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According to a team source, left-hander Felix Doubront will likely be summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to start on Tuesday in Tampa Bay against the Rays. He will fill in for right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is sidelined with a left hamstring strain and is likely to go on the disabled list for the duration of the first half.
Doubront made a fill-in start for the Red Sox in June, picking up a win in his big league debut against the Dodgers while allowing five runs (three earned) in five innings. He is 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA in the minors this year, including 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA this year for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Buchholz is 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA for the Sox in his All-Star season. But he was injured while running the bases in San Francisco on June 26, and while the Sox had initially hoped to have him pitch in Tampa Bay on Monday or Tuesday, the team has instead decided to delay his return in order to give him more time to heal....
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