Maybe that whole "Home Run Derby ruins your swing" argument is true after all.
In the eyes of Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, it certainly is anyways.
As a guest on Rob Bradford's (WEEI) podcast this week, Magadan was asked about the drop-off in power with Adrian Gonzalez after the All-Star Break. While Magadan didn't point to just the HR Derby as the reason, it was one of them.
"When you are spending the offseason trying to rehab from a major surgery labrum of right shoulder in October 2010 like that, you know, I think he got to spring training and continued his rehab in spring training, didn't start hitting until the middle of March, I think it wore on him as the season went on," Magadan said.
"And when he went to the All-Star Game and took all those swings in home run derby, that amount of fatigue on his body and in general, he was different when he came back. I know he doesn't concur with that, doesn't agree with it, but I saw a difference in his swing. As the second-half started to wear on, he started to I don't want to say complaining, it was bothering him, his shoulder was bothering him."
Christian Vazquez is behind the plate catching Rick Porcello (4-0, 3.51 ERA), who looks to remain unbeaten, as the Red Sox continue their three-game weekend series with the Yankees on Saturday night (7:10) at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox won the series opener 4-2 on Friday night with a rally from a 2-0 deficit capped by David Ortiz' two-run homer in the eighth inning.
The full lineups:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Brian McCann C
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Michael Pineda RHP
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Rick Porcello RHP
David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."
That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick.
Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees.
Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.
And here's Maverick's response, via Millar:
Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox' 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
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