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Archive for the ‘MLB All-Star Game’ Category

Sox Summary: A.L. falls in All-Star Game

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 14, 2010

Jon Lester impressed on the mound for the A.L. squad, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. (Stephen Dunn/Getty)

After a 13-game unbeaten streak, the American League could not pull through enough as the National League won the 2010 Midsummer Classic, 3-1, at Angel Stadium on Tuesday.

The win gives the N.L. representative a home-field advantage during the World Series in October.

The only scoring for the National League came off the bat of catcher Brian McCann (ATL), who stroked a three-run double into the right-field corner off lefty Matt Thornton (CWS) to earned himself the Most Valuable Player award.

Robinson Cano (NYY) delivered the only run for the A.L. on a sac fly to left fielder Matt Holliday (COL).

David Price (TB) got the start for the American League and hurled two and allowed just a run. Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) allowed two hits over two innings, while walking one. Both starters fanned one batter.

Three Red Sox appeared in the game, despite no Sox being voted into the starting lineup. Jon Lester was the most impressive as he pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning and earned a hold for his efforts in relief.

David Ortiz pinch-hit for his good friend Vladimir Guerrero (TEX) as the desiganted hitter and went 1-for-2 with a single to right field. He was cut down on a force out that catcher John Buck (TOR) flied into.

Adrian Beltre came in at third base, but was 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the ninth.

This was the N.L.’s first win since 1996 when they won in Philadelphia. They were 0-12-1 in that stretch.

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Sox Summary: Ortiz tops former teammate Ramirez for Home Run Derby win

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 13, 2010

David Ortiz became the second Red Sox player to win the Home Run Derby. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty)

David Ortiz smashed a combined 32 home runs, including 11 in the final round to best Florida’s Hanley Ramirez and win the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium on Monday night.

Papi’s eight home runs in the opening round placed him third and advanced him to the semifinal round. Milwaukee’s Corey Hart hit 13 longballs in the first round to lead the competition, while Ramirez was second with nine and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was the final competitor to advance with seven homers.

In the semifinal round, he topped the leaderboard with 13 longballs (21 total). Ramirez’s 12 home runs tied Ortiz with 21 total to put them in the finals. Cabrera hit five home runs, while Hart hit none after strong opening rounds to fall short of the finals.

Ortiz put away Ramirez early in the round with five early home runs with just one out, while Ramirez struggled with just five total in the round.

With the win, he became the first Red Sox player to win the crown since the event’s inception in 1985.

PLAYER RD1 RD2 RD3 TOTAL
David Ortiz 8 13 11 32
Hanley Ramirez 9 12 5 26
Corey Hart 13 0  — 13
Miguel Cabrera 7 5  — 12
Matt Holliday 5  —  — 5
Nick Swisher 4  —  — 4
Vernon Wells 2  —  — 2
Chris Young 1  —  — 1

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Red Sox Today: June 12-13, Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 12, 2010

Major League Baseball held the All-Star Game press conference today and both managers announced their starting lineups for the game.

The 81st Midsummer Classic takes place tomorrow night at 8 p.m. from Angel Stadium. The National League holds a 40-38-2 advantage over the American League in All-Star competition, despite the A.L.’s current 11-0-1 streak in the past 12 seasons.

AMERICAN (Joe Girardi, NYY)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) RF
2 Derek Jeter (NYY) SS
24 Miguel Cabrera (DET) 1B
32 Josh Hamilton (TEX) CF
27 Vlad Guerrero (LAA) DH
3 Evan Longoria (TB) 3B
7 Joe Mauer (MIN) C
24 Robinson Cano (NYY) 2B
13 Carl Crawford (TB) LF

14 David Price (TB) LHP

NATIONAL (Charlie Manuel, PHI)
2 Hanley Ramirez (FLA) SS
14 Martin Prado (ATL) 2B
5 Albert Pujols (STL) 1B
6 Ryan Howard (PHI) DH
5 David Wright (NYM) 3B
8 Ryan Braun (MIL) LF
16 Andre Ethier (LAA) CF
1 Corey Hart (MIL) RF
4 Yadier Molina (STL) C

38 Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) RHP

All-Star Sox: Six Boston Red Sox players were selected to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz, left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, catcher Victor Martinez, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz were all elected to the American League squad by the Player Ballot, a vote of the players, managers and coaches. Buchholz, Martinez and Pedroia will not participate due to injury.

First baseman Kevin Youkilis was one of five American League nominees to be voted in via the 2010 Sprint All-Star Game Final Vote. Ortiz will participate in Monday’s 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby. He will compete against Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Toronto’s Vernon Wells and New York’s Nick Swisher on the American League side.

Halftime: Yesterday marked the final day before the All-Star Break and the Red Sox have now collected at least 50 wins before the break in each of the last 5 seasons since 2006, the longest active streak in the Majors. The Sox will be in third place in the division at the break, snapping a stretch of five straight years of the club hitting the halfway mark with the top stop beginning in 2005.

The Future is Now: Advanced-A Salem pitcher Stolmy Pimentel got two outs in the sixth inning of the XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon. He was one of ten pitchers to pitch for the World Team in a 9-1 loss to the American team. In 17 starts for the Salem Sox, Pimentel is 5-7 with a 4.61 ERA over 80 innings.

Bombs away: The Major’s best sluggers battle it out in the State Farm Home Run Derby tonight at 8 p.m. David Ortiz will be making his fourth appearance in the Derby. He has never escaped the second round, but he has launched 36 home runs in the three previous contests.

AMERICAN
David Ortiz (BOS)
Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Nick Swisher (NYY)
Vernon Wells (TOR)

NATIONAL
Chris Young (ARI)
Corey Hart (MIL)
Matt Holliday (COL)
Hanley Ramirez (FLA)

When we resume: The Red Sox will face the Texas Rangers in a four-game series at Fenway beginning next Thursday. Tim Wakefield (7/15), Clay Buchholz (7/16), John Lackey (7/17), and Jon Lester (7/18) will start in that series, while Daisuke Matsuzaka will start in Oakland on 7/19.

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Sox Notes: Youkilis falls short in A.L. Final Vote

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 8, 2010

Nick Swisher beat out Kevin Youkilis to win the final spot on the American League All-Star roster.

Swisher and Youkilis were two of five players nominated for the American League Final Vote, which was conducted online beginning last Sunday. The other American League candidates were Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Delmon Young of Minnesota and Michael Young of Texas.

Youk is batting .292 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI and 66 runs. Swisher checks in at .298 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and 52 runs. 

Joey Votto won on the N.L. side, beating out Heath Bell of San Diego, Bill Wagner of Atlanta, Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado, and Ryan Zimmerman of Washington.

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Sox Notes: Sox and Reds team up to promote All-Star candidates

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 6, 2010

The Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds have joined together to co-promote their first basemen and 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote ballot nominees Kevin Youkilis and Joey Votto in the “Vote Red” campaign.

Youkilis is hitting .299 (83-for-278) with 17 HR and 55 RBI. He leads the Major Leagues with 66 runs scored.

Votto, who is on the National League ballot, leads the National League in home runs (21), total bases (173), on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.599), hitting vs RHP (.347) and home run ratio (1hr/13.8ab). He ranks third in the league in hitting (.318).

There is no limit to the number of times fans can vote for Youkilis and Votto by logging onto MLB.com. The 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote ends at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with the results to be announced following ballot closing.

Major League Baseball’s 81st All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It will be televised by FOX Sports.

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Sox Notes: Six Sox named to 2010 A.L. All-Star Team

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 4, 2010

Six Boston Red Sox players were selected to play in the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre, right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz, left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, catcher Victor Martinez, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz were all elected to the American League squad by the Player Ballot, a vote of the players, managers and coaches. First baseman Kevin Youkilis can be selected as the final player on the 34-man roster via the 2010 Sprint All-Star Game Final Vote.

This marks the fourth consecutive Midsummer Classic for which at least six Red Sox were selected, including six in 2007, seven in 2008 and six in 2009.

The Red Sox and Yankees are the only teams to have six players selected to play in this year’s game.

Beltre was selected for the first time to the Game. He ranks third in the Majors with a .341 average and is tied for the lead among A.L. third basemen with 12 home runs.

Buchholz was also selected to his first All-Star Game. He ranks second in the American League with a 2.45 ERA and tied for second in the A.L. with 10 wins.

Lester is also a first-time All-Star selection and he has held opponents to an A.L.-best .204 batting average. He also ranks among league leaders in strikeouts (2nd, 118), wins (T-2nd, 10), innings pitched (T-3rd, 114.0), winning percentage (T-4th, .769) and ERA (5th, 2.76).

Martinez, a three-time All-Star selection, represented Cleveland in 2004, 2007, and 2009. He was leading the Majors with a .431 average against left-handers and was hitting .371  overall in his last 30 games beginning May 19 before landing on the disabled list on June 29.

Pedroia was voted the starting second baseman for each of the last two All-Star Games but did not attend last year due to a family matter. Before being added to the disabled list on June 26, Pedey was tied for the A.L. lead with 24 doubles.

Ortiz has been selected to the A.L. roster for the sixth time, all as a member of the Red Sox. He was selected to five consecutive All-Star games from 2004-08 and was elected to start in four straight Mid-Summer Classics from 2005-07. He ranks third among qualifying Major Leaguers in both home run ratio (13.41 AB/HR) and RBI ratio (4.22 AB/RBI).

Since Martinez and Pedroia are both on the DL and will be unable to play in the All-Star Game, they replaced by the next highest vote-getters at their position. Toronto catcher John Buck and Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler were added to the roster to replace them.

Fans can now begin voting to select the final player via the 2010 Sprint All-Star Game Final Vote, casting their votes exclusively online at MLB.com over a four-day period.  The winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 8.

American League

Starters
1B – Justin Morneau, Twins
2B – Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS – Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B – Evan Longoria, Rays
C – Joe Mauer, Twins
OF – Josh Hamilton, Rangers
OF – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
OF – Carl Crawford, Rays
DH – Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers

Pitchers
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
Trevor Cahill, Athletics
Fausto Carmona, Indians
Neftali Feliz, Rangers
Phil Hughes, Yankees
Cliff Lee, Mariners
Jon Lester, Red Sox
David Price, Rays
Mariano Rivera, Yankees
C.C. Sabathia, Yankees
Joakim Soria, Royals
Matt Thornton, White Sox
Jose Valverde, Tigers

Reserves
CVictor Martinez, Red Sox (Chosen on player ballot, disabled list)
C – John Buck, Blue Jays (replaces Martinez)
1B – Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B – Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox (Chosen on player ballot, disabled list)
2B – Ian Kinsler, Rangers (replaces Pedroia)
2B – Ty Wigginton, Orioles
SS – Elvis Andrus, Rangers
3BAdrian Beltre, Red Sox
3B – Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
OF – Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF – Torii Hunter, Angels
OF – Vernon Wells, Blue Jays
DH – David Ortiz, Red Sox

National League

Starters
1B – Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2B – Chase Utley, Phillies (Chosen on fan ballot, disabled list)
SS – Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3B – David Wright, Mets
C – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
OF – Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF – Andre Ethier, Dodgers
OF – Jason Heyward, Braves

Pitchers
Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
Matt Capps, Nationals
Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
Roy Halladay, Phillies
Tim Hudson, Braves
Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies
Josh Johnson, Marlins
Tim Lincecum, Giants
Evan Meek, Pirates
Arthur Rhodes, Reds
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Brian Wilson, Giants

Reserves
C – Brian McCann, Braves
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
1B – Ryan Howard, Phillies
2B – Brandon Phillips, Reds
2B – Martin Prado, Braves (Replaces Utley in lineup)
SS – Troy Tulowitski, Rockies (Chosen on player ballot, disabled list)
SS – Jose Reyes, Mets (Replaces Tulowitski)
3B – Omar Infante, Braves
3B – Scott Rolen, Reds
OF – Michael Bourn, Astros
OF – Marlon Byrd, Cubs
OF – Corey Hart, Brewers
OF – Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF – Chris Young, Diamondbacks

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Sox Notes: 2010 MLB All-Star Starters

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 4, 2010

The Sox will not be represented in the starting lineup, but stay tuned for reserve selections. Here are the starters for next Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters
1B – Justin Morneau, Twins
2B – Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS – Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B – Evan Longoria, Rays
C – Joe Mauer, Twins
OF – Josh Hamilton, Rangers
OF – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
OF – Carl Crawford, Rays
DH – Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Starters
1B – Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2B – Chase Utley, Phillies
SS – Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3B – David Wright, Mets
C – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
OF – Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF – Andre Ethier, Dodgers
OF – Jason Heyward, Braves

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Sox Notes: Ibarra is officially Boston’s; Final All-Star ballot updates

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 28, 2010

* Edwin Mejia, one of the agents for Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra, reported via Twitter that Ibarra had passed his physical. According to Peter Abraham, The Red Sox are planning to have the 23-year-old workout in Florida before being assigned to a team. He agreed to a five-year, $3 million deal two months ago but was stuck in the Dominican Republic waiting for a visa.

* Major League Baseball released the final American League All-Star ballot updates today, prior to the closing of online fan voting on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. TBS will air the 2010 All-Star Selection Show, presented by Taco Bell on Sunday, July 4 at noon.

First base
1. Justin Morneau (Twins) 2,118,654
2. Mark Teixeira (Yankees) 1,863,235
3. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 1,832,782
4. Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) 1,006,805

Second base
1. Robinson Cano (Yankees) 2,948,269
2. Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) 1,518,334
3. Ian Kinsler (Rangers) 1,302,245

Third base
1. Evan Longoria (Rays) 3,118,600
2. Alex Rodriguez (Yankees )1,921,325
3. Michael Young (Rangers) 1,230,264
4. Adrian Beltre (Red Sox) 805,300

Shortstop
1. Derek Jeter (Yankees) 3,350,155
2. Elvis Andrus (Rangers) 1,607,165

Catcher
1. Joe Mauer (Twins) 3,968,039
2. Jorge Posada (Yankees) 1,304,978
3. Victor Martinez (Red Sox) 896,413

Designated Hitter
1. Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers) 2,889,243
2. Hideki Matsui (Angels) 1,224,976
3. David Ortiz (Red Sox) 969,291

Outfield
1. Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners) 1,924,904
2. Josh Hamilton (Rangers) 1,906,350
3. Carl Crawford (Rays) 1,782,035

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