Finally, a game Red Sox fans can watch without worrying about yet more injuries.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is tonight in Anaheim, Calif., and outside the winning league earning home-field advantage for the World Series, Bostonians have precious little skin in the contest.
Six Sox are on the American League roster, but only two — Jon Lester and David Ortiz — are definitely healthy enough to play. Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Clay Buchholz will sit with various ailments, while it was unclear yesterday whether Adrian Beltre would be good to go.
Kevin Youkilis lost to New York’s Nick Swisher in tight balloting for the final spot on the AL roster.
Tampa Bay ace David Price (12-4, 2.42 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) will start for the junior circuit. Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1, 2.20 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) is slated to take the mound for the National?League.
“It’s just a huge honor for me to be out here,” said Jimenez, who threw a no-hitter against the Braves on April 17. “Hopefully we can put everything together and break the losing streak.”
The AL is on a 13-game unbeaten streak.