RED SOX (52-38)
Notes: Johnny Damon was placed on the 15-day DL. OF Justin Christian was recalled. … The Yankees are 2-4 on their homestand. … Abreu is 3 of his last 21. … Gardner is 1 for 16 but, in his defense, he has had some good at-bats. … Melky is 5 of his last 10. … Edwar Ramirez has thrown six consecutive scoreless innings.
Back later with updates and audio from Terry Francona on the All-Stars. Francona said he is looking forward to managing Derek Jeter. “That will be one of my highlights,” he said.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: The audio of Francona’s press conference on the All-Stars is in the previous post if you are interested.
I have a bunch of newspaper work to do, so I’m not sure how many updates there will be during the game.
UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: This from the Associated Press for those interested:
Alex Rodriguezâ€™s wife will file for divorce Monday, according to media reports.
Cynthia Rodriguez, who married the New York Yankees star in 2002, says the marriage is over because of the All-Star third basemanâ€™s extramarital affairs, according to reports that appeared Sunday on the Web sites of Houston television station KTRK and The Miami Herald.
The reports come just days after Alex Rodriguez was linked to Madonna in various media outlets and Cynthia Rodriguezâ€™s subsequent visit to the Paris home of rocker Lenny Kravitz, who said she came to France to escape the media frenzy in New York and denied that anything improper had happened.
Houston attorney Earle Lilly, who said he was hired by Cynthia Rodriguez last week to launch the divorce case, told KTRK the starâ€™s â€œrelationship with Madonna was the final straw for Mrs. Rodriguez.â€
Rodriguezâ€™s wife also is represented by attorneys Maurice Kutner and Anthony Sabatino, both of Miami, and John Van Ness of Houston, the Herald reported.
â€œShe feels that she has exhausted every opportunity to salvage the marriage, and that Alex has emotionally abandoned her and the children and has left her with no choice but to divorce him,â€ Kutner told the newspaper.
The former Cynthia Scurtis and Rodriguez were married Nov. 2, 2002, in Dallas. They have two children, Natasha Alexander and Ella Alexander, who was born April 21.
The suit is expected to be filed early Monday in Dade County Family Court.
Lilly did not immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.
Alex Rodriguez has refused to comment on his relationship with Madonna, who denied any romantic involvement with the slugger in a statement posted Sunday on people.com.
â€œI know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us,â€ Madonna said. â€œI brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study.â€
UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Kabbalah! A-Rod just hit a sizzling homer that found the seats in left. That’s 536 homers, matching Mickey Mantle for 13th place in history. He’ll make a fine catch for you single gals out there.
UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Brett Gardner is 1 for 18. Meanwhile Johnny Damon is on the DL and the only other OF is Justin Christian. Not good.
UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Chamberlain threw 37 pitches in the fifth inning, taking him to 89. As he progresses as a starter, this will be what he needs to work on the most.
Of course the floating strike zone of Laz Diaz doesn’t help much.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: The Big G just started a 3-6-3 double play. This is one of the celestial signs that the Yankees will win the game.
Down 3-1, the Yankees are coming back. That was a sign.
UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Joe Girardi just got tossed for arguing balls and strikes. That’s two times this season. Even more evidence that they will come back and win.
And look at that, Gardner singles.
As we all know, when Hank Steinbrenner issues a crazy statement or Girardi gets tossed, the Yankees win. It’s clockwork.
UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: Baseball is a simple game. Hit Manny in the backside every time he comes up. Yell at the umpires. The Yankees may win this game 10-3.
Meanwhile, Girardi’s head just exploded, sending fans fleeing out onto 161st Street. There is blood everywhere.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: I’m moving to Vegas. This is too easy. Just a question of who drives in the go-ahead run now.
UPDATE, 10:27 p.m.: Great game. The X-factor is Manny Ramirez. Wonder when Francona will use him?
UPDATE, 10:42 p.m.: Now Krazy Kyle has retired the side in order. Yet another sign of impending victory. Gardner gets on, steals second, scores when Jeter shows his captain clutchiness. Either that or A-Rod goes Kabbalah! again.
UPDATE, 11:06 p.m.: Which pitch do you figure A-Rod crushes? I’ll say the third.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: That’s it, time to try Scientology. Maybe The Big G will do it.
UPDATE, 11:19 p.m.: Rivera did his part. Now we’ll see if Cano, Cabrera and Molina can make something happen. Hey, somebody has to do it.
Meanwhile they’re playing a clip from Rudy on the scoreboard. That should get them going. If I owned a team I would show clips from Stripes to try and loosen everybody up.
Papelbon coming in for Boston. I can’t imagine Mo goes a third inning unless Girardi likes reading MRIs. That means … Edwar I would guess.