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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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07/12/2011 - 6:56pm
Ortiz plans on giving his side to MLB

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...

07/12/2011 - 5:50pm
Lester: Now a good time to change ASG
By: DJ Bean

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...

07/12/2011 - 12:51pm
Kruk on M&M: ASG no-shows 'a problem'

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...

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