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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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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PHOENIX -- Speaking before Tuesday's All-Star Game, David Ortiz said he hasn't been in communication with representatives from Major League Baseball regarding a possible suspension stemming from his fight with Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg Friday night, but is planning on reaching out.
Major League Baseball vice president Joe Torre told the Boston Globe Tuesday that a decision regarding any suspensions will be made Thursday.
"I haven't, but I will," said Ortiz when asked if he has had any communication with the MLB decision-makers.
"We'll see. I know there is going to be some discipline going on with myself, but like I said, things get out of hand and I don't feel like I was the one who started it."
Ortiz also noted that it would depend on what level the punishment was as to whether or not he would appeal the ruling.
"It all depends on what they come with," he said. "They could do anything...
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing his second All-Star season. Lester, who leads the Sox with 10 wins, said that when it comes to being an All-Star and all the hoopla that goes with it, it's easier the second time around.
"It's a little bit different. I've had a little bit more of an opportunity to enjoy it," Lester said. "I don't have to prepare for anything. I'm more or less just hanging out and enjoying just being around these guys. Last year my wife didn't get to come out and she got to come out with our son this year and I got to enjoy it with them and they kind of got to experience these chaotic two days of the All-Star Game."
The format of the All-Star game and all that goes with it has been a popular topic, as it has determined home field advantage in the World Series since 2003.
"I like it and I don't," Lester said of the system. "I like it because it adds...
ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined the Mut & Merloni show for his weekly Tuesday appearance and talked about the Home Run Derby that he helped to cover for the network Monday night. Kruk said he got a unique vantage point of Robinson Cano's derby victory and that helped him appreciate the show all the more.
"I've never been on the field for the Home Run Derby," he said. "I've either been up in the booth or watching on TV and it was an impressive spectacle last night."
Although the Derby can prove to be quite the show, some still find plenty to gripe about concerning MLB's handling of the All-Star festivities. One of the biggest issues this season has been the amount of All-Stars selected (82) because of the amount that have dropped out due to injury or a myriad of other reasons. Kruk said this could continue to be an issue down the line if this keeps up.
"Oh no, it's a problem because it's trending," he...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
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Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
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