PITTSBURGH -- With all the talk about Manny Ramirez missing the All-Star Game with a sore knee, David Ortiz has been dealing with a sore hand of late, but Big Papi didn't seem concerned this afternoon.
"It's more soreness than anything else. It doesn't really hurt when I swing, so I should be OK," said Ortiz. "I swing like crazy every day anyway. I know there are a lot of swings in home run derby, but I hope everything will be OK. It's an honor for me to be out there representing the American League. I think it's something I'm really looking forward to. This is my third one (All-Star) and I hope I still feel this way after 10 of them. I think I will."
In other All-Star news:
Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo did not attend the National League media availability because of a stomach/flu ailment. Also missing was former Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria, but no reason was given.
One of the big New York themes was comparing Yankee captain Derek Jeter to Mets phenom Jose Reyes. Mets lefty Tom Glavine, who attended the event even though he won't play, said of Reyes-Jeter, "I think Jose can be flashier and is definitely heading for a great career. I think Derek Jeter is just one those incredible, steady, day in and day out players. Probably too early to compare them fairly."
Former Sox infielder Freddy Sanchez received a lot of media attention as an All-Star rep for the Pirates. Asked about whether he would have enjoyed being a Red Sox he said, "I would have enjoyed playing for the Red Sox, but now that I'm a Pirate I'm very happy how things turned out. At the time the Red Sox needed a pitcher and they traded me for a very good pitcher in Jeff Suppan. I have no regrets."...