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.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.