I was almost done with my warmups. I think I had about 10 pitches left. ... I'm not comfortable going out there and getting hurt in the All-Star Game and costing myself starts in the second half. ... It wasn't one pitch, it just kind of progressively got a little bit stiffer. ... I told Tito when I left if I feel [it] at all when I'm out here I'll speak up, and it just wasn't something I was comfortable going out there and messing with. I don't think I reinjured it, but I've definitely still got some inflammation in there.Beckett's next start is scheduled for Sunday night in Tampa Bay.
Carl Crawford (left hamstring strain, out since June 18) will make three rehab starts with Pawtucket on Friday and the weekend and join the Red Sox in Baltimore on Monday. ... Jed Lowrie (left shoulder strain, out since June 17) is still not recovered enough to starting swinging a bat.
The Globe's Amalie Benjamin looks at how Jacoby Ellsbury -- hitting .465 in his last 10 games -- has put his lost season of 2010 behind him.
Hitting coach Dave Magadan calls Ellsbury "a man on a mission this year. He's played a little bit with a chip on his shoulder trying to prove a lot of people wrong, a lot of people that doubted him last year, his toughness." Theo Epstein admitted that "a big part of the unfortunate messiness [criticism from within the clubhouse] ... could have been handled better ... [W]e as an organization could have done a better job supporting him unconditionally across the board."
I've always had thick skin. I know it's part of the game when fans get on you. It's never bothered me. ... Obviously you want everybody to like you. At the same time, I'm a pretty realistic person. It's not always going to happen that way - no matter how well you do there's always going to be people that are trying to bring you down. ... When I came to spring training, I had nothing to say. Just watch me play this year. ... There was no question in my mind that I'd be doing what I'm doing.
Adrian Gonzalez finished the "first half" of the season with 128 hits, the most by a Red Sox player before the All-Star break (since 1933). But because the ASB does not occur at the same time every season, the "record" is a bit dubious. While Gonzalez has two more hits than Wade Boggs had in 1987, he also played two additional games.
HITS YEAR GMS PLAYED Adrian Gonzalez 128 2011 89 of 90 (89 starts) Wade Boggs 125 1987 87 of 88 (87 starts) Nomar Garciaparra 125 2003 91 of 93 (90 starts) Dustin Pedroia 124 2008 95 of 97 (93 starts)Pedroia begins the second half with a 12-game hitting streak.
Since May 27, Daniel Bard has pitched 19.1 scoreless innings. It's the longest streak for a Red Sox reliever since Hideki Okajima had 20.1 clean innings from April 4 to May 20, 2007.
Kyle Weiland was, according to a report in the Globe, only the sixth player to be ejected in their major league debut. Weiland called his start on Sunday the most exciting day of his life, and said his jitters wore off by the third inning.
When it happened [hitting Guerrero and being tossed], I was like, "Oh, well, I mean, that's the rules, I guess." I didn't think the warnings were really warranted. Youkilis got hit on a changeup, so that was a little confusing we got warned.Jason Varitek: "He obviously wasn't trying to hit [anybody]."
Terry Francona: "I just told him he was going to pay my fine."
Baseball fans across the country have registered their excitement for Tuesday night's MLB All-Star game, saying they can't wait to watch the league's annual showcase of its best players who aren't injured, aren't afraid of potentially getting injured, aren't too tired, are free the night of July 12, didn't pitch recently, aren't scheduled to pitch next week, don't mind making the trip to Arizona, and are actually willing to play two and a half innings of baseball.Jim Litke, AP:
Absent from the endless discussions about how to improve baseball's All-Star game was the one that would solve all the problems immediately.