Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez

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Notes: More at stake this time for Gonzalez

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com 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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Bryan Holaday: David Price 'takes a lot of pride in what he does'

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Bryan Holaday: David Price 'takes a lot of pride in what he does'

BOSTON -- There have been a significant amount of question marks surrounding David Price throughout his inaugural season with the Boston Red Sox.

Is he an ace? Is he mentally tough enough? Can he handle Boston?

Just to name a few.

Much like any player imported to Boston, the claim “He can’t handle the pressure in Boston” arises every so often.

And Price hasn’t always been his own best friend, frequently relying on the line “It’s me going out there and making pitches,” in addition to the claim that he’s never satisfied.

Price’s mellow demeanor isn’t something Boston fans are accustomed to -- they prefer Rick Porcello snarling at opponents.

Sometimes it might have seemed as if he lacked a killer instinct or didn’t have a sense of urgency, but Bryan Holaday, who played with Price in Detroit, has seen that’s not the case.

‘I’m sure he [pressing], it’s the nature of this game,” Holaday said about Price’s struggles earlier in the season. “Everybody wants to be at their best all the time and it’s not easy to do.”

However, he says that knowing full well that Price won’t display those emotions -- to anyone.

“He does such a good job on the mental side of things that even if he was, you wouldn’t be able to tell,” Holaday said before Price’s start Saturday night. “He’s never going to express anything like that. If he was [pressing], it’s nothing that anyone would be able to notice.”

There’s a lot to be said for that, too. Although baseball is driven on analytics, there’s no question that mental game is crucial, especially in the clubhouse. And a fly on the wall can easily see that Price’s presence is not only respected, but enjoyed by his teammates in the clubhouse.

“Everyday he gets up he wants to get better and that’s what makes him so good,” Holaday said. “He has that drive to be better everyday and come out and do his job. He takes a lot of pride in what he does and works his ass off. That’s why he is who he is. Any pitcher at that level, you don’t get that way by luck.”

Price may never be Boston’s favorite pitcher.

He may never be the “ace” in everyone’s eyes.

But based on Holday’s interpretations from his time in Detroit and Boston, Price will work hard to turn his first few months with the Red Sox into a minor footnote of his career.

Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

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Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

The Red Sox look to end their three-game losing streak tonight when the play the middle game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Against Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA), the Red Sox start right-handed hitters Chris Young in left field and Aaron Hill at third base. Duffy has won his past 10 decisions and came into Saturday with the fifth-best ERA in the American League. He joined the rotation from the bullpen on June 1.

Left-hander David Price (12-8, 4.00) gets the start for the Red Sox. Price has won his past three decisions, going eight, six and eight innings and not allowing more than three runs in each start. 

The Royals won the series opener 6-3 Friday night.

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Christian Colon 2B
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Danny Duffy LHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Aaron Hill 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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David Price LHP