Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez


Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHOENIX -- Most years, when Adrian Gonzalez made the All-Star team as a member of the San Diego Padres, the notion that the league winning the All-Star Game would earn home field advantage in the World Series was mostly moot.

The Padres, until 2010 anyway, were never really in contention and the idea of home field advantage in the World Series was pretty abstract.

Now, representing the Red Sox -- who carried the second-best record in the game into the break - Gonzalez feels there's more at stake.

"You definitely feel you're more invested in it if (your team) is in the race, said Gonzalez. "The importance of winning is definitely greater. You just know that if you win, at the end of the day, you've got a chance. It's not how you play the game, it's how you feel afterward.

"Someone in this locker room is going to be playing in the World Series, said Jacoby Ellsbury. "We want to have that advantage on our side, definitely.

Joe Torre, who's in charge of disciplinary rulings for Major League Baseball, said Tuesday that he will announce any further disciplinary measures stemming from the incident between the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz charged the mound after he objected to reliever Kevin Gregg pitching him inside on a number of occasions. Ortiz swung and missed at Gregg as benches cleared.

It's expected that both Gregg and Ortiz -- both of whom were ejected -- will be hit with suspensions.

"It's a tough situation, said Ortiz. "Like I said before, I'm not good at facing situations like that. We'll see. I know there's going to be discipline going on with myself, but like I say, things got out of hand and I don't feel like I was the one who started it.

Ortiz said he hadn't spoken to anyone with MLB about the incident.

"They go through all the video,'' he said. "There's not too much that you have to say. It was a situation that got out of hand and we'll see how it goes.

Ortiz was unsure whether he would automatically appeal any punishment.

"It all depends, he said. "We'll see. You can't do anything until you see what's on the table.

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