Wood not quite perfect
Even Roy Halladay could admit it. He rarely talks of focusing on anything besides his next pitch. That’s how he taught himself to win. Forget about everything else.
But he was locked in a scoreless game with Cincinnati’s Travis Wood – who was working on a perfect game.
“It’s obviously a close game,” Halladay said. “You want to keep it that way and put as much pressure on him as you can. It’s a lot harder going in 0-0 than if you have a lead.”
He kept the pressure on. And the Phillies somehow won their third straight extra-inning game.
Afterward, Charlie Manuel took his seat for a postgame news conference and let out a deep sigh.
“Phew,” he said.
Before Jimmy Rollins delivered the game-winning single in the 11th, the two starting pitchers were amazing. They matched zeros through nine innings before departing.
Wood was the first pitcher to earn a no-decision after throwing a nine-inning one-hitter since Ben Sheets did it on June 8, 2004.
Wood, 23, was making just his third major-league start and now has a 2.18 ERA.
Konerko, Furcal fill in
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has been chosen to replace injured Twins first baseman Justin Morneau on the A.L. All-Star team.
Morneau will miss the game Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., because of a concussion.
In the National League squad, the Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal has been selected to replace the Mets’ Jose Reyes.
Reyes will miss the All-Star game after his sore right side flared up in New York’s loss to Atlanta on Saturday.
Two added to Derby
Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees and Chris Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks will swing away in the All-Star home run derby.
Swisher won the fan voting to become the final player on the A.L. All-Star team. He’s hit 14 home runs and Young has 15 this season. Both are first-time All-Stars.
The Cleveland Indians have designated catcher Mike Redmond for assignment and recalled catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Columbus.
Redmond, who attended Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University, had appeared in three games since June 8.