Wednesday blessed us with six afternoon games, the results of which you can find here. There’s still plenty of baseball left in the evening.
Red Sox starter Steven Wright was named to his first All-Star roster on Tuesday. The noted knuckleballer is second in the American League in ERA at 2.42, behind the Indians’ Danny Salazar at 2.36. He is being considered to start the All-Star Game at Petco Park next Tuesday.
Knuckleballers haven’t typically been featured in All-Star Games for a host of reasons. They’re a rare breed. They’re inconsistent. As good as R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield have been, they have respective career ERA’s of 3.97 and 4.41. They also need a catcher capable of catching the knuckleball. The American League has three catching options: Salvador Perez, Matt Wieters, and Stephen Vogt. Perez is the starter, as he received by far the most votes from fans. Perez has never caught a knuckleballer, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports notes. Wright is proving to be an interesting wrinkle, as AL manager Ned Yost has to navigate his way around some extra variables.
Wright starts tonight opposite Rangers starter Martin Perez in a 7:10 PM EDT start at Fenway Park.
The rest of Wednesday night’s action…