Boston's Second Worst All-Star

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Boston's Second Worst All-Star

As the old saying goes: In life, it's not how you're remembered . . . but that you're remembered at all.

At least I think that's how it goes. Truth is, I just tried Googling that phrase and didn't find anything but a bunch of creepy message board threads about death and the afterlife.

Either way, it makes sense. At the very least it makes for good conversation . . .

Which would you prefer: To be remembered for something that's less than ideal, or to no longer exist?

It's a good question for Scott Cooper, aka the worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history.

"Scott, if you could do it over, would you rather keep things the way they are, and only exist within the context of "Scott Cooper All-Star" Jokes, or would you prefer the legacy of thousands of other forgotten major leaguers?

I think he'd go with Option A. I know I would.

Anyway, I know Coop gets picked on every year around this time, so I figured I'd do him a favor and shine the spotlight elsewhere:

So here's my question: Who's the second-worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history?

After a little research, I've narrowed it down to two finalists. Two guys who just so happened to team up for one of the grossest, most horrific moments in Red Sox history:

Bob Stanley and Rich Gedman.

Stanley was an All-Star in '79 and '83. Gedman made in '85 and '86. Both are clearly better than Scott Cooper. But if I had to choose the second worst, I'll say Gedman.

Steamer had the better the career. He more deserving of his two nods. On the other hand, Gedman had only one great year, and definitely got a boost in reputation due to his association with Roger Clemens.

So there it is: Rich Gedman, your second worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history!

You're welcome, Scott.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Red Sox manager John Farrell said rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sustained no further structural damage to his knee, other than the previously diagnosed sprain, after injuring it on the basepaths against the Rays.

Farrell said the team is optimistic that Benintendi, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, will be able to return before the end of the season. Watch the video for more. 

Friday’s Red Sox-Royals lineups: Wright returns from DL to start

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Friday’s Red Sox-Royals lineups: Wright returns from DL to start

Steven Wright makes his first start since Aug. 5 tonight when he returns from the disabled list to face the Kansas City Royals as the Red Sox open a three-game series at Fenway Park. 

Wright was activated from the 15-day DL Friday and right-handed reliever Heath Hembree was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Wright injured his right shoulder on a head-first dive back to second base when he was used as pinch-runner against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 6. 

The knuckleballer is 13-5 with a 3.01 ERA and had won five of his past six decisions before going on the DL. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-9, 3.58). The resurgent World Series champion Royals (66-61), in third place in the A.L. Central, have won nine of their past 10 after having their nine-game wining streak end on Wednesday. 

With Andrew Benintendi (knee sprain) on the DL, Brock Holt gets the start in left field for the Red Sox.

The lineups:

ROYALS

Jerome Dyson CF

Cheslor Cuthbert 3B

Lorenzo Cain RF

Eric Hosmer 1B

Kendrys Morales DH

Alex Gordon LF

Alcides Escobar SS

Drew Butera C

Raul Mondesi Jr. 2B

Ian Kennedy RHP

 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Sandy Leon C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Travis Shaw 3B

Brock Holt LF 

Steven Wright RHP