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.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.