Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz blasted 11 homers in the final round to beat out Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the 2010 Home Run Derby yesterday at Angel Stadium. Most people considered Ortiz finished after another slow start back in April. His latest showcase led analysts to rank the four-time Derby veteran among the elite hitters in baseball. “I’ve been dealing with so many things the past few years,” said Ortiz. “Coming back here, I want to thank the players for giving me the opportunity to be here. This is a job that we have, but it’s called a game. That’s what I try to do during the season – have fun with my teammates and make sure everything goes the right way.”
When asked about his future with the Red Sox last night, Ortiz emphasized his desire to stay with the team he’s won two world titles with by clearly stating “I’m going to tell you, I ain’t going nowhere.” He is currently signed under a $12.5 million dollar contract for next season with hopes to negotiate an extension. Boston players representing the AL alongside Ortiz in tonight’s All-Star events are Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will be representing the American League in the 2010 Home Run Derby with Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, Yankees’ Robinson Cano and Jays’ Vernon Wells Monday, July 12th in Anaheim, CA. National League participants will include Brewers’ Corey Hart and Cardinals’ Matt Holiday. Ortiz has already taken part in three Derbys from 2004-2006. The 6x All-Star is excited to take part in this year’s activities, saying “I really appreciate it – what the players think about a guy like myself. Like I say, I’m a guy that tries to respect everyone and plays the game the way it’s supposed to be.”
The five other Red Sox set to showcase their talents alongside Ortiz are Adrian Beltre, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia. Despite an early season slump to go with recent injury problems, the Sox have been able to earn a regular season record of 49-35, just 3 1/2 games behind the AL East leading New York Yankees. Boston will next matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight before traveling to face the Toronto Blue Jays. MLB All-Star event tickets are now available!
When the Boston Red Sox signed Adrian Beltre for defensive purposes back in January, they certainly weren’t predicting what he could bring to the table offensively this season. With nine games to play before the All-Star break, the 12 year veteran has produced a .349 batting average with 12 homers and 53 RBI’s. Red Sox coaches and players alike would agree that Beltre is more than worthy to represent the American League at third base Tuesday, July 13th.
Manager Terry Francona recently commended his work ethic along with his excellent play, saying “his biggest fear is not playing. He walks by me, or DeMarlo, and it’s kind of funny, because he’s worried that we’re going to give him a day off. We did that earlier in the year and he didn’t get much good from it.”
Also look for Kevin Youkilis to take the field at first base for the AL squad. Since debuting in Red Sox uniform in 2004, he’s hit for a .293 career average with 486 runs and 783 hits. Other Red Sox on the ballot include David Ortiz and Clay Buchholz. The official All-Star selection day is July 4th. The Sox are next set to host the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game series this weekend. They will then travel to Tampa Bay and Toronto before the start of the All-Star break. Purchase your MLB All-Star Game tickets at Angel Stadium with us at Ace!
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Ervin Santana notched his first win at home this season with a magnificent outing last night against the Tampa Bay Rays. With no help from the bullpen he left Tampa Bay scoreless, only allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Rays left-hander David Price certainly did not make it a pitchers duel, letting up six runs off eight hits in his six innings pitched.
Santana has missed 52 games during two stints on the disabled list this season. Last season he won 16 games for the Angel’s, and yesterday was a definite reminder of what the club has been missing all year. “We could see it coming within Ervin,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “A lot of areas on our team needed a performance like that. He had a lot of pitches working. He couldn’t really have pitched a better game. … He’s a much better pitcher (now) than we saw all year.” The Angels and Rays will face off one more time this afternoon at 3:35 pm.
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With the Tampa Bay Rays taking the top spot in the American League East and the Sox taking the AL Wild Card, Boston will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round of the postseason. The Sox were 1-8 against the Angels this season, winning only their first matchup at Fenway, back on April 22nd. Sox Ace Josh Beckett was scratched from game one, and pushed back to game 3 on Sunday in Boston due to an oblique injury. His counterpart, Angels hurler John Lackey, does not seem to be in good shape himself either. Lackey was roughed up for ten runs in just 2.2 innings by the Texas Rangers.
The Sox will send John Lester to the mound to start game 1. Lester has had an impressive year, going 16-6 in 33 starts; 5-1 in his last 6. The Sox also have question marks in Mike Lowell and JD Drew, both of which who have been bothered by injury. They are both assumed to be on the ALDS roster, but Lowell is still considered a game-time decision.
Pitching MatchupsGame 1 @ LA – 10/1/2008 – John Lackey vs Jon Lester
Game 2 @ LA – 10/3/2008- Ervin Santana vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 3 @ Boston – 10/5/2008 – Joe Saunders vs Josh Beckett
Game 4 @ Boston – 10/6/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
Game 5 @ LA – 10/8/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
Boston Red Sox ALDS Roster
Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Paul Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Tim Wakefield
Jason Varitek, Kevin Cash, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Kotsay, JD Drew, David Ross
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ALDS Roster
John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jon Garland, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen.
Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Chone Figgins, Garret Anderson, Kendry Morales, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews Jr., Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits.
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