MLB All-Star Game 2011: Adrian Gonzalez Homers, National League Defeats American League, 5-1

Adrian Gonzalez provided all of the offense for the American League with one swing, a solo home run in the fourth inning, but the National League prevailed, 5-1, in the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday evening in Phoenix.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Adrian Gonzalez Homers, But NL Wins, 5-1

Adrian Gonzalez provided all of the offense for the American League with one swing, a solo home run in the fourth inning, but the National League prevailed, 5-1, in the 82nd annual MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday evening.

Gonzalez was 1-for-2 in the game, leading all Red Sox players in the game. David Ortiz, who was the AL's starting DH, was 0-for-2, Kevin Youkilis was 1-for-1 and Jacoby Ellsbury was also 0-for-2.

Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to pitch in the second inning, was scratched after a problem during warm-ups. However, Beckett told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that it was simply a precautionary move.

Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers was named the MVP of the game, going 1-for-2 with the go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals was the winning pitcher for the NL, giving up one hit in a third of an inning.

C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers was the loser for the AL, giving up three hits and three earned - including the homer to Fielder - in one inning.

In the fifth inning, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers singled home Rickie Weeks of the Brewers to put the NL on top, 4-1. Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants hit a ground rule double to left in the seventh inning, plating Hunter Pence of the Houston Astros and putting the NL up, 5-1.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: AL, NL Scoreless Through Three Innings

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game is scoreless through three innings, but we’ve already had a local storyline take shape, with Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett being scratched from his scheduled appearance in the second inning due to a problem in warm-ups.

Beckett reportedly felt something in his left knee, which he tweaked in his last start with the Red Sox, while warming up for his appearance, and was subsequently scratched. No official word has been released on what went wrong.

Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz are both 0-for-1 after their first at-bats.

The NL has the game’s only hit, which came from Lance Berkman. Roy Halladay pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one, for the NL. Halladay’s teammate, Cliff Lee, also tossed a scoreless frame in the second.

On the AL side, Jared Weaver pitched a scoreless inning in the first, walking one and striking out one. David Robertson tossed a scoreless innings as well for the AL, surrendering one hit. In the third inning, Michael Pineda struck out two batters for the AL.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Josh Beckett Scratched From All-Star Game

Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to pitch in the second inning of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, was scratched from his appearance after feeling something in his left knee during warm-ups.

According to reports, Beckett attempted to warm up for his appearance, but felt that something was off in his left knee, and he and the American League pulled the plug.

Beckett is 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 17 games for Boston.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Everything You Need To Know In One Place

There's nothing else like the midsummer classic, and nobody covers it better than SB Nation. With a team of smart, talented and knowledgeable reporters, SB Nation brings you unique and interesting coverage of the MLB All-Star Game. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the game and its festivities from SB Nation.

2011 MLB All-Star Game Rosters Set For NL Vs. AL Showdown In Phoenix: Sometimes it seems like the MLB All-Star roster changes more often than coaches do in college sports. Check out the complete list of All-Stars and view the final roster of which players will play in Tuesday's game.

2011 MLB All-Star Game: Time, TV Schedule And More: Everybody loves information! Here's all of the little details you need to know about tonight's All-Star game.

Robinson Cano Rallies Past Adrian Gonzalez To Win 2011 Home Run Derby: Miss the Home Run Derby? Don't worry, we have you covered. Read up on everything that went down on Monday night in this stream.

All-Star Game Tickets Through The Years: Al Yellon takes a look at all of the different All-Star Game tickets over the years.

All-Star Game 2011: In Search Of The Best Closer To Never Make The Team: Seems like closers always get the short end of the stick, doesn't it? Grant Brisbee looks back at all of the good closers who didn't make it to the midsummer classic.

All-Star Game 2011: Why To Take Selections And Snubs So SeriouslyIt's amazing how many people overreact to All-Star snubs, like the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen. Grant Brisbee looks into it.

Too Many All-Stars (Or Maybe Not Enough): Marc Normandin of Over The Monster writes that, believe it or not, there may not be too many All-Stars.

How To Fix The All-Star Game: Al Yellon thinks that the All-Star Game is a mess, and offers his thoughts on how to fix it.

Once you've read up on all of that, make sure to follow the game with SB Nation Live on Twitter. To do so, follow @SBNationLive, where there will be live tweets as the game progresses.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Red Sox Well Represented In All-Star Game

The midsummer classic is finally upon us, and the Boston Red Sox will be well represented at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game with Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz starting and Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury making the team as reserves. Jon Lester was also named to the team, but will not play due to a lat strain.

Gonzalez and Ortiz were both voted in as starters, with Gonzo batting .354 with 17 home runs and 77 RBI while Ortiz is hitting .304 with 19 home runs and 55 RBI. Youkilis is batting .285 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI, Ellsbury is hitting .316 with 11 homers and 49 RBI and Beckett has a record of 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA and 94 strikeouts.

Lester, who was named to the team despite his current status on the disabled list, has a team-leading 10-4 record with a 3.31 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season.

There's no question that all six are deserving, but how many will actually play? Gonzalez and Ortiz definitely will, and Youkilis and Ellsbury should see playing time for a few innings, but Beckett has said that he doesn't know if he will pitch. Whatever happens, it should be a great night for Red Sox fans and baseball aficionados around the nation.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Broadcast Info, Time, Lineups, And History

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game is just hours away, with the best of the American League and National League ready to vie for dominance, and home-field advantage in the World Series. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 12, 8:00 p.m. EST

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona -- 2011 will mark the first time the Arizona Diamondbacks have hosted the event since they joined the league as an expansion team in 1998.

Broadcast Information: The 2011 All-Star Game will be aired on FOX, with Joe Buck providing play-by-play and Tim McCarver doing color commentary. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game, with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton providing coverage. 

All-Star Game History: The National League currently holds the advantage over the American League, with 41 wins, 38 losses, and just a pair of ties since the event was first held in 1933. The All-Star Game has been marked with periods of clear dominance, such as the 60's and 70's when the NL lost just twice, and more recently an undefeated stretch for the American League that lasted from 1997 to 2009. The National League broke the streak last year, however, and could start their own period of dominance tonight.

American League Lineup:

 

  1. NYY - Curtis Granderson, C 
  2. CLE - Asdrubal Cabrera, SS 
  3. BOS - Adrian Gonzalez, 1B 
  4. TOR - Jose Bautista, RF
  5. TEX - Josh Hamilton, LF
  6. TEX - Adrian Beltre, 3B 
  7. BOS - David Ortiz, DH 
  8. NYY - Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. DET - Alex Avila, C
Starting Pitcher: LAA - Jered Weaver

National League Lineup:
  1. MIL - Rickie Weeks, 2B
  2. NYM - Carlos Beltran, DH
  3. LAD - Matt Kemp, CF
  4. MIL - Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. ATL - Brian McCann, C
  6. STL - Lance Berkman, RF
  7. STL - Matt Holliday, LF
  8. COL - Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  9. CIN - Scott Rolen, 3B
Starting Pitcher: PHI - Roy Halladay

Red Sox In The All-Star Game: Boston sends five players to the All-Star game, not including the injured Jon Lester. Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz were voted in by the fans to start at first base and designated hitter respectively, with Josh Beckett and Jacoby Ellsbury in the reserves. Kevin Youkilis was selected as a replacement for Alex Rodriguez, who will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus. 
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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Jon Lester Named To All-Star Team

In a move that's almost as meaningless as an All-Star nod itself, the disabled Jon Lester was named to the American League All-Star team roster today, when Felix Hernandez pitched for Seattle, thereby making him ineligible to pitch on Tuesday. 

Lester, of course, won't be able to pitch in the game since he's on the disabled list, so Toronto's Ricky Romero will take his place. 

It's the second consecutive All-Star selection for the Red Sox' ace southpaw, who is 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in his 18 starts on the season.

Lester will attend the All-Star Game with full honors and will be introduced before the Midsummer Classic, but will watch the game from the dugout or some posh suite, or maybe even from the pool at Chase Field in Phoenix. 

The final roster will be firmed out tomorrow, and at this point, it's looking like the odds on John Lackey or any other starter with a pulse joining former teammate Jered Weaver are pretty good. 

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Josh Beckett Is Good To Go For All-Star Game

According to just about everyone on Twitter this morning, Josh Beckett threw a successful - and regularly scheduled - side session on Sunday morning and will be available to pitch for Ron Washington and the American League All-Stars on Tuesday evening (late afternoon) in Phoenix. 

It's good news for the American League, which is already out starters Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, who decided they'd rather improve the team's chances of winning by removing themselves from the roster than hog the spotlight for themselves - something they've both done quite well lately, anyhow. 

The American League All-Stars come into the game looking to avoid an All-Star Game losing streak for the first time since 1997, when, backed by an MVP performance from home favorite Sandy Alomar, the AL stopped a three-game National League winning streak, winning 3-1 at Cleveland's Jacobs Field. 

The National League won its first All-Star Game in 13 tries (0-12-1) last July at Angel Stadium by a 3-1 margin.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Josh Beckett To Throw Side Session Sunday

A day after leaving the game early for what were dubbed "precautionary reasons," Josh Beckett is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday and may be able to play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, after all. 

Beckett, who struggled with the landing spot on the mound a few times in the fifth inning of Boston's 10-4 win, was said to have mildly hyperextended his knee. He gave up three runs on 25 pitches in that inning, after giving up no runs on only 44 pitches entering the inning. 

Beckett was selected to the Mid-Summer Classic by a vote of MLB players. According to WEEI.com, whether or not he plays in the game depends upon how the side session goes

"Obviously, not just for his start going forward with us, but with all-star ramifications you don’t want to hold up the league, they got their hands full as it is," manger Terry Francona said before Saturday night's game. "If he’s OK, he’s OK. If he needs to hold off then we will do that also. We respect the all-star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our team." 

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Kevin Youkilis Added To American League Roster

Kevin Youkilis has been added to the American League roster for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game after New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was voted in as a starter, decided to drop out of the game.

"I think it's an honor to be chosen," he said. (via MLB.com)

Youkilis will be appearing in his third straight All-Star game, as he was also selected to the game in 2009 and 2010. In 81 games this season, Youkilis is batting .275 with a .491 slugging percentage, 12 home runs and 59 RBI.

"That's awesome," said Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez upon finding out that Youkilis would be joining him. "It's great. He deserves it." (via MLB.com)

Youkilis joins Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett and Jacoby Ellsbury on the AL roster. Gonzalez and Ortiz were voted in as starters, while Beckett and Ellsbury are reserves.

For more Boston Red Sox coverage, visit our team page and blog, Over The Monster.

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MLB All-Star Game 2011: Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz Highlight Red Sox’ Selections

Rosters for the 82nd MLB All-Star game, to be played July 12th at the Arizona Diamondback's Chase Field, have been unveiled. They are as follows:

American League

Starters 
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox 
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees 
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 
SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees 
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees 
OF: Josh Hamilton, Rangers 
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox 
C: Alex Avila, Tigers

National League

Starters 
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers 
2B: Rickie Weeks, Brewers 
3B: Jose Reyes, Mets 
SS: Placido Polanco, Phillies 
OF: Lance Berkman, Cardinals 
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers 
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers 
C: Brian McCann, Braves

As in the past, the league that wins the all-star game will receive home-field advantage for the World Series, so it's a game worth watching for that reason alone, if you needed a reason besides the fact that there will be absolutely nothing else to watch on a Tuesday night. 

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