Baseball’s best players will parade past Grand Central Terminal, and a convention center will be transformed into a baseball theme park as part of the festivities for the first All-Star game at the Mets’ new stadium.
The party plans include five days of fanfare, including All-Star players parading along 42nd Street on a massive red carpet, player appearances and baseball clinics at the Javits Center convention facility, and, of course, the annual home run derby at Citi Field.
“There’s nothing that’s comparable to playing in an All-Star game in New York,” Mets third baseman David Wright said Wednesday at a City Hall news conference announcing festivities leading up to the July 16 showdown at Citi Field.
Red Sox recall reliever Bard
The Boston Red Sox recalled right-handed reliever Daniel Bard from Double-A Portland before Wednesday afternoon’s game against Oakland.
The 27-year old right-hander made eight relief appearances for the Sea Dogs, going with 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA.
A valuable set up man for the Red Sox in 2010 and 2011, the club adhered to Bard’s wishes and attempted to convert him to a starter last season. Bard went 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 10 starts — and finished 5-6 overall with a 6.22 ERA in 17 games.
Due to control problems, he was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 3-2 with a 7.03 ERA in 31 games, making one start. To make room for Bard, Boston sent knuckleballer Steven Wright to Pawtucket.
The 28-year old Wright made his major league debut in relief in Tuesday’s 13-0, rain-shortened loss to Oakland, giving up five runs on six hits in 3⅔ innings.
Around the leagues
The Colorado Rockies recalled right-hander Tyler Chatwood from Triple-A to start the series finale against the Atlanta Braves and optioned righty Rob Scahill to Colorado Springs. Chatwood, 23, was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks in three starts with Colorado Springs this season. … The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned backup catcher Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque, opening a roster spot for pitcher Ted Lilly, who came off the disabled list Wednesday. … The Boston Red Sox optioned right-hander Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket. He gave up eight runs in 3⅓ innings Tuesday.