Beckett scratched from All-Star Game

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Beckett scratched from All-Star Game

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHOENIX -- Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to work the second inning of the All-Star Game Tuesday night, decided not to pitch when he felt some tenderness in his left knee during his warmup session in the bullpen.

Beckett had hyperextended the knee last Friday against Baltimore and left after five innings.

"I was warming up and I didn't feel 100 percent, said Beckett of the knee. "I told Tito Francona when I left that if I feel it at all, I'll speak up. It wasn't something I was comfortable going out and messing with.

"I don't think I really hurt it further. But I still definitely have got some inflammation.

That said, he still thinks he'll make his scheduled start Sunday.

"I think it's really a strong possibility," he said. "At worst, we might push it back a day or two."

Beckett spoke by phone with both Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold. Neither was terribly concerned about the knee.

Beckett said American League manager Ron Washington was "great when Beckett told him he couldn't go. Beckett said Washington had vowed that players would be returned to their teams in the same physical condition as when they arrived in Phoenix.

New York Yankees reliever David Robertson pitched the second and was given extra time to warm up since he hadn't anticipated coming into the game that early.

"I could have pitched, said Beckett. "But I'm just not comfortable going out to pitch in an All-Star game and then costing myself starts in the second half.

"This game does mean a lot with the home-field advantage in the World Series hinging on the outcome, but there are things ahead in the regular season that are a little more important.

Beckett decided to stop throwing when he had "about 10 pitches left in his bullpen session.

"I think I would have pitched if it had been a regular-season game, he said. "It wasn't one pitch. It just progressively got a little stiffer. I think I did the right thing here.

Just hours earlier, Beckett said his knee felt fine and he planned to have a "light side session Friday in St. Petersburg in anticipation of making his first second-half start Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam.

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.