6/18/2014 6:47 P.M. ET
To vote Red Sox into All-Star Game, go online
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- In-stadium balloting for the 2014 All-Star Game ended at Fenway Park on Wednesday before the Red Sox headed west for a seven-game road trip, so fans will only be able to vote Boston's contenders into the Midsummer Classic online.
David Ortiz was second among American League designated hitters as of Monday, trailing Baltimore's Nelson Cruz by about 450,000 votes. Dustin Pedroia was third among second basemen and A.J. Pierzynski sat in fourth for catchers, although leading vote-getter Matt Wieters will have season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Workman's six-game suspension upheld by MLB
BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman started serving his six-game suspension Wednesday after an appeal with Major League Baseball did not reduce any of the penalty.
This means Workman will miss his start for Friday's road game against the Athletics. Lefty Felix Doubront, who made his second Minor League rehab start Sunday, is likely to be activated and make that start.
Doubront accompanied the team to Oakland and said he expected to pitch Friday. Manager John Farrell said after Wednesday's 2-1 victory over the Twins that Doubront was a strong candidate to start Friday, but the team didn't have an announcement yet.
Workman will next be eligible to pitch for the Red Sox on June 24.
The Red Sox will need to open up a roster spot by Friday, and third baseman Garin Cecchini, who was recalled Tuesday, will likely be optioned back to the Minors at that point.
Workman was disciplined for throwing a pitch behind Evan Longoria on May 30 at Fenway, and his appeal was heard by MLB on June 13.
Doubront is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA in nine starts for the Red Sox this season. He was sidelined with a left shoulder strain.
Workman has done a stellar job since replacing Doubront, going 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in five starts.
Clay Buchholz will also return to the rotation soon, creating some real competition.
Rubby De La Rosa has also been impressive of late while filling in.
Papi disagrees with official scorer on Mauer error
BOSTON -- David Ortiz stung a grounder to first that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer stopped on a half-dive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday. But Mauer couldn't keep it in his grasp, and Ortiz thought he had an infield hit.
Official scorer Bob Ellis ruled it as an error on Mauer. Ortiz didn't wait long to express his displeasure. Once the inning ended, Ortiz looked up to the press box and gave Ellis the thumbs-down sign.
"It's so hard here, man," said Ortiz. "I thought people were supposed to have your back at home and it never happens. It's always like that. I've been here for more than a decade and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man. What do you want Mauer to do? He dove for the ball to knock it down. I always look like I'm the bad guy, but they always end up changing it."
Ellis didn't seem inclined to change his call, and it remains to be seen if Ortiz or the Red Sox ask Major League Baseball to review it.
"It's a play that Mauer makes with ordinary effort," said Ellis. "It looked like he got a true hop. It didn't look like the ball exploded on him. He got in position. His body language is telling me, 'I've got this ball.' It looked like a play you make with ordinary effort. I'm not saying Ortiz didn't hit it hard. It's a play I thought Mauer makes with ordinary effort."
What was the message Ortiz was trying to send to Ellis with his public gesture?
"What is he watching?" said Ortiz. "He's not watching the same ballgame that everybody is watching here."
The Red Sox were two outs away from losing Wednesday's game before Ortiz clocked a game-tying homer around the foul pole. Mike Napoli then won it with a walk-off homer in a 2-1 victory.
Ortiz was in a good mood after the game, but didn't regret making his displeasure clear with the scorer during the game.
"Yeah, got to make it clear," Ortiz said. "It's not my first rodeo, man. You know how hard it is to get a hit?"
Ortiz thinks that sometimes he should fight for his hits.
"That's what I get paid for," said the designated hitter.
• A day after designating Grady Sizemore for assignment, the Red Sox officially released the veteran outfielder from their roster Wednesday. That means Sizemore is now free to sign with any other team.