Gonzalez, Youkilis enjoy ASG at the plate


Gonzalez, Youkilis enjoy ASG at the plate

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHOENIX -- Some players worry that taking part in the Home Run Derby can mess with their natural swings.

Adrian Gonzalez, apparently, isn't one of them.

A day after finishing second to Robinson Cano in the annual Home Run Derby, Gonzalez homered in the fourth inning to provide the American League with their only run in a 5-1 loss to the National League.

"It was great for the time being, said Gonzalez, "but we gave up three runs in the next inning, so it was short-lived. But it was a great experience.

Gonzalez, however, said there was no correlation between his showing Monday night in the derby and his home run in the game Tuesday night.

"I don't focus on that, he said. "It's a lot different when a guy is throwing BP (compared) to Cliff Lee pitching.

Lee got ahead of Gonzalez 0-and-1 with a fastball away, but then threw him a front-door cutter that Gonzalez was able to line to right-center.

"I got it up enough in the air to carry out of the park, said Gonzalez.

The homer was the first for anyone in the All-Star Game dating back 29 innings. Before Gonzalez's shot, the last All-Star homer was hit by current teammate J.D. Drew in the 15th inning of the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.

Gonzalez became the 13th Red Sox player to homer in the All-Star Game.

After going hitless in his first All-Star Game in 2008, Kevin Youkilis now seems to have the hang of it.

Youkilis had just one at-bat, but managed a single in the American League's 5-1 loss to the National League at Chase Field.

It marked the second time in the last three seasons that Youkilis has taken advantage of his one All-Star at-bat with a hit.

"It's good to get hits in the All-Star Game," he said. "The past two times now, I've had hits. It's good to get those and maybe build up my All-Star Game stats."

Youkilis, who was a late addition to the squad because of injuries to others, made the most of the opportunity.

"It was a good time," said Youkilis. "Unfortunately we didn't come out on top, but it was a lot of fun. It was exciting to represent the Red Sox."

Youkilis said the All-Star experience "goes quick. Fortunately, this is not my first one. With your first one, it speeds up on you a little bit. So I got to sit back a little bit and enjoy it."

The loss -- the second in a row by the American League -- means the National League champs will enjoy home field advantage in the World Series.

But that's a long way off and Youkilis said he wasn't concerned.

"I'm not disappointed," said Youkilis. "I have the philosophy that we have to win on the road anyway. For us, we'll have to go into someone else's place to play if we're in the World Series."

As a first-time All-Star, Jacoby Ellsbury tried to take everything in, socializing with players from all over the game.

"I just tried to meet everybody," he said, "and have conversations with everyone. The game was fun and so was the Home Run Derby. I just tried to soak everything in and enjoy it."

Ellsbury got two plate appearances in the AL's 5-1 loss to the NL and struck out both times.

He faced two Atlanta Braves in his plate appearances -- starter Jair Jurrjens and Jonny Venters -- and struck out against both.

"You're coming it, facing guys you've maybe never seen before," he said. "They're obviously the best in the game at what they do. Unfortunately tonight didn't go my way, but I loved the experience. I had a great time out there.

"It's fun. I enjoyed it. The next couple of days, I'm sure I'll look back and think of something that was pretty special to me."

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Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP