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Beach volleyball bosses hope for spike in participation

Beach volleyball bosses hope for spike in participation

TOKYO — Beach volleyball is seeking new sands to conquer.After decades of domination by the United States and Brazil, where it is played on the coasts from Southern California to Copacabana, the sport is growing more diverse thanks to FIVB outreach in countries where it doesn’t have a long tradition.Teams from Morocco to Mexico earned spots in Tokyo through qualifying tournaments that guarantee at least one spot per continent. A Qatari men’s pair, both born in Africa, is among the medal favorites.“It’s a dream for every athlete to play in the biggest arena, like the Olympics,” said Kenya’s Guadencia Makokha, whose team is No. 96 in the FIVB rankings but won the African qualifier to earn a spot in Tokyo.Beach volleyball has grown into one of the Olympics’ hottest sports since it was added to the Summer Games in 1996.But not everywhere.Only five countries have won medals on the women’s side, with Brazil and the United States taking 13 of the possible 18 spots on the podium. Nine different men’s teams have taken home medals, but even there the majority have gone to the U.S. and Brazil.Olympic entries are also largely populated by the usual suspects: The U.S. and Brazil each sent four teams to Tokyo, but that’s because a country quota limits them to two per nation, per gender; without it, the two traditional powers would have squeezed out potential rising powers and grabbed as many as nine slots on the women’s side.“It’s great seeing other countries. It just shows how big this sport is,” American Sarah Sponcil said. “I think the sport is growing every year. So, we’re praying for more and more new faces every time we step out on the court.”The FIVB also reserves almost one-third of the 24-team Olympic fields for continental qualifiers. In Tokyo, that includes not only the Kenyan women but also a Moroccan men’s team that is No. 67 in the world, Argentine men ranked 38th and an Australian men’s pair that is ranked 46th but hasn’t played internationally because of their homeland’s quarantine rules.“That’s what the Olympics are about, right?” Italy’s Adrian Carambula said. “It’s kind of awesome to see all the countries in the Olympic Village, and the opening ceremony. I enjoy competing against them, seeing their cultures.”According to Waithaka Kioni, the head of the Kenyan volleyball federation, many African countries have little beach volleyball tradition and little official support for the infrastructure needed to build one. Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi are the first Kenyans to qualify for beach volleyball at the Olympics.“This is history for us,” Kioni said. “If you have a government that’s not very keen on spending money on sport, you have a problem. Given the resources, this could go even further.”The FIVB said that’s precisely the goal of the Continental Cup, which was created before the London Olympics and “was a vital step in ensuring that significantly more countries had a chance to qualify for the Games.”According to the international federation, the continental qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics included an unprecedented 169 nations. Despite the pandemic that affected this cycle, 132 countries participated in 63 qualifying events for the Tokyo Games.“We want all countries to have an opportunity to experience the beautiful sport of beach volleyball,” the FIVB said.Makokha attempted to qualify for the 2016 Olympics with the Kenyan indoor volleyball team. “Then we tried beach volleyball, and here we are,” she said.Heading into the final day of the preliminary round on Saturday, the Kenyans were 0-2, losing to both Latvia and the United States in straight sets; the match against Sponcil and Kelly Claes lasted 25 minutes — the shortest since the Olympics adopted its current format.But friends and family in Nairobi woke up at 3 a.m. to watch, probably the first beach volleyball many of them had seen.“We are trying to make people believe that anything is possible,” Makokha said. “It’s about going for what you want, and achieving it.”———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

From partial isolation, U.S. beach volleyball team moves on

From partial isolation, U.S. beach volleyball team moves on

TOKYO — After beating Argentina to extend his stay at the Olympics, American beach volleyball player Nick Lucena had big plans: Treatment, a shower, “maybe get my nails done, all that stuff.”“Jerk,” his partner, Phil Dalhausser, muttered under his breath.While Lucena has the run of the Olympics — at least as much as anyone does with a state of emergency in Tokyo — Dalhausser is stuck in a modified quarantine because he sat on a plane near Taylor Crabb, a fellow beach volleyball player who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan.That means as the teammates were preparing for the Tokyo Games they couldn’t practice together for five days; even now, they can only practice during designated late-night hours after everyone else has left the facility. They still can’t work out with other teams.When Dalhausser uses equipment, an Olympic worker follows behind to disinfect it. That’s if he has access to equipment at all: He can’t shower at the venue after a match, and the only opportunity to lift weights is a box of bottled water in his hotel room, piled high with books.All this because he was deemed a close contact of Crabb. Two other U.S. players, Jake Gibb and Kelly Claes, are also in isolation after sitting near Crabb on a plane.“I’m 41 years old, and I’m not allowed to get treatment, so I’m trying to figure it out,” Dalhausser said on Thursday after the 21-19, 18-21, 15-6 victory over Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso.“I’m pretty self-sufficient, but there’s some things I just can’t get to,” said Dalhausser, a four-time Olympian who won the gold medal in 2008. “And that’s been the most challenging part.”Some of it doesn’t make sense to Dalhausser, who spent the week after his arrival in the relative freedom of the athletes village before being whisked away to isolation housing.“It’s confusing,” Claes said after she and Sarah Sponcil improved to 2-0 with a win over Kenya on Thursday. “They told us eight days after we’ve been in the village, and Sarah and I had been in the same room for eight days. I don’t understand. I’m just doing what I’m told to play.”In his original quarantine housing, Dalhausser said with his arms spread wide, he could almost touch both walls at the same time.“We’ll just say it was rough. Then Team USA on the third day busted me out” and moved him to a Hilton, he said. “Everyone’s been super-supportive. I can’t say enough about it. It could be worse, 100%.”He also noted that Crabb, who actually tested positive for COVID-19, has been released from quarantine and is back home with his family in Hawaii. But Dalhausser, Claes and Gibb are still in the isolation protocol for close contacts.”Phil’s kind of separated from everything,” Lucena said. “If I get into it, I’m just going to get angry and probably swear a couple of times.”Asked if he thought it was a level playing field to compete against teams that have access to treatment and training that he doesn’t, Dalhausser said: “It’s definitely not level.”“But I understand the situation. I understand that Tokyo is trying to be as cautious as possible,” he said. “It just sucks it happened to us.”Soon after, Lucena left the area where athletes talk to the media. Dalhausser practically begged reporters to stay.“I have a COVID test at 2:30,” he said. “So I have time to kill.”With the win, Dalhausser and Lucena improved to 2-1 in Tokyo and almost certainly clinched a spot in the medal round. Claes and Sponcil improved to 2-0, dispatching Kenya in just 25 minutes — the fastest women’s match since the Olympics adopted rally scoring and the best-of-three sets format in 2002.The U.S. pair beat Brackcides Khadambi and Gaudencia Makokha 21-8, 21-6 and also likely clinched a spot in the playoffs. They have one match remaining, against Brazil on Saturday.In other men’s matches, Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner of the Czech Republic, who forfeited their first match after Perusic tested positive for COVID-19 and went into quarantine, needed a third set to beat Mexico.In the final matches for the women’s Pool A, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Canada beat Switzerland (2-1) in straight sets to finish the round-robin with a 3-0 record. The Dutch (1-2) beat the German team of Karla Borger and Julia Sude (0-3).———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

EXPLAINER: Why Olympic beach volleyball players wear bikinis

EXPLAINER: Why Olympic beach volleyball players wear bikinis

TOKYO — No, members of women’s teams are not required to wear bikinis when they play beach volleyball at the Olympics.Yes, TV cameras do tend to linger on their glutes when they hold their hands behind their backs to pass signals to each other. And no, that’s not a problem for the players who believe that those who see the sport will stay.“I have always felt like when you get somebody drawn in, however you get them into beach volleyball, they fall in love with the sport,” said American April Ross, a three-time Olympian. “So, hopefully that happens also.”Beach volleyball has been one of the most popular sports at the Summer Games since it was added to the program in 1996. It has fast action, a party atmosphere and some telegenic American stars who have paraded to the podium to claim six of the 12 possible gold medals.But there’s also no doubt that some who tune in on TV are there to ogle the women as they leap and dive across the sand in their bikinis. In 2012, the London tabloids ran photo spreads from the beach volleyball venue without a set or spike in sight; it was also the focus for then-mayor and current British prime minister Boris Johnson, who penned a guest newspaper column during the Olympics that were taking place in his city.The attention on the bikinis intensified in Tokyo after a viral social media post misidentified a team that protested a beach handball dress code as playing beach volleyball. Beach handball, which is not an Olympic sport, requires women to wear bikinis, and the European federation fined the Norwegians for wearing shorts as a protest at a competition 5,500 miles away in Bulgaria.In Tokyo this week, the German gymnastics team wore full-legged unitards that went down to their ankles, eschewing the traditional bikini cut that ends high on the hip. The athletes said they were trying to combat the sexualization of young women and girls in their sport, which is trying to recover from a decades-long sexual abuse scandal.The head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games said this week said their feeds will not highlight sexualized images of female athletes, instead focusing on “sport appeal, not sex appeal.”But beach volleyball players embrace their gear — and to them, equipment is precisely what the bikinis are — and choose it in almost all circumstances over more conservative attire.WHAT ARE THE RULES?The FIVB issued 22 pages of uniform guidelines for Tokyo, covering everything from fabric and color to names and numbers and how big manufacturers’ logos can be. Teammates also have to match.An appendix has drawings of potential styles for women, including short sleeves and tank tops, long sleeves for modesty and long sleeves for warmth, long pants and shorts, and a one-piece bathing suit or a bikini. The men wear tank tops and board shorts, which can go over long-sleeved shirts and tights in cold weather.There are also options for teams with religious dress codes.“The FIVB beach volleyball uniform guidelines allow for a variety of different options,” the international federation said. “Beach volleyball welcomes all, and these uniform regulations ensure that our sport is culturally and religiously inclusive.”WAIT — THERE IS MEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL, TOO?Although the women’s side of the sport traditionally gets more attention — including the prime-time U.S. broadcast slots — a mirror-image men’s tournament has shared the sand at every Olympics since the sport joined the Summer Games in Atlanta.Although the men wear tank tops and swimming trunks at the Olympics and on the international tour, they may play shirtless on the AVP domestic tour. Many choose to do so.SO WHY BIKINIS?“Beach volleyball was a sport that was developed in Hawaii and Southern California and on the beaches of Rio,” Ross said. “And you play, and it’s hot, and then you go and jump in the water.”One-piece bathing suits won’t work, because the sand gets inside and chafes; in fact, the players say, the less material that can trap sand, the better. Ross and her partner Alix Klineman, who helped design their own uniforms, also said it’s important that the straps don’t restrict her movement or breathing.“For us, this is what feels most comfortable,” Klineman said. “You’re not wearing more clothing in really hot weather; getting sand stuck in places is not fun. But I totally respect other people wanting to be more covered if that’s what makes them more comfortable.”Beach volleyball matches also proceed in all kinds of weather, including the rain from the leading edge of Typhoon Nepartak that dampened the Skiokaze Park venue this week. In Beijing, the Olympic championship was played in a downpour.“This,” said American Misty May-Treanor, who was soaking wet but with a gold medal to show for it, “is just another reason why we play in bathing suits.”DO PLAYERS EVER WEAR SOMETHING ELSE?Some teams did wear leggings and long sleeves under their uniforms on the cooler nights in 2012, dismaying the London tabloids, but even then most opted for the traditional board shorts and bikinis.Four years later, after the FIVB expanded Olympic qualifying in an attempt to spread the sport to new countries, the Egyptians played in long sleeves, a loose-fitting top, full-length pant legs and hijabs to cover their heads.“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” said Doaa Elghobashy, a member of the first beach volleyball team from her country to compete in the Olympics.“It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do,” she said. “And beach volleyball is one of them.”———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Canceled party: Scrubbed match silences Olympic beach venue

Canceled party: Scrubbed match silences Olympic beach venue

TOKYO — The Olympic beach volleyball tournament got off to the quintessential coronavirus-era start.The event’s very first scheduled match at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games was canceled on Saturday morning because a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19. That knocked Markéta Sluková, who tested positive earlier this week, and partner Barbora Hermannova out of the tournament.Already empty because of the ban on fans, the venue at Shiokaze Park was eerily still when the match was supposed to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the only sound an ear-splitting drone from the cicadas in the nearby trees.An hour later, when reigning gold medalist Alison took the court, he pointed at the empty stands to acknowledge the fans as if they were there, cheering him on.“The feelings were different,” said the 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Brazilian who won the men’s gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. “The situation is very different in the world. (I am) very happy it is finally here.”In a sport that thrives on its beach party vibe, with dance teams that did the samba on Rio’s Copacabana Beach or hammed it up to the Benny Hill theme in London, the venue overlooking Tokyo Bay struggled to match the mood of its predecessors.A disc jockey pumped rock music through the speakers and called out the play-by-play. But for most of the session the only applause in the sweltering temporary arena — it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), and hotter on the sand — was from the half-dozen ball attendants who clapped their plastic-gloved hands when the teams were announced.“It was very different,” said Ágatha, a Brazilian who won a silver medal in front of her home crowd in 2016 and opened the Tokyo Games with a straight-set victory over Argentina on Saturday.“In Brazil, we had the biggest support. There were many, many people cheering for us, and here we had silence,” she said, drawing a flat line with her hand. “We need to put our emotion in the game, because we can’t receive emotion from them. For me, it’s very important to play with emotion so I had to bring it from inside.”Ágatha and her new partner, Duda, won 21-19, 21-10 on Saturday over Argentine pair Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra. In other matches in the opening session, Alison and his new partner, Alvaro Filho, beat Argentina 21-16, 21-17, and top-seeded Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes beat the Dutch duo of Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon 21-16, 21-14.“I mean, I think we can all agree there’s something missing,” said Pavan, who finished fifth in 2016. “We thrive in a full stadium with all the energy. But I think a strength of our team is we are able to manufacture energy ourselves as well.”As she left the sand, Humana-Paredes waved to the handful of Canadian support staffers who were sitting among almost 12,000 empty seats.“Even just seeing a couple of friendly faces makes a world of difference,” she said.In the afternoon, 2016 gold medalist Laura Ludwig of Germany and her new partner, Margareta Kozuch, lost their opener to the Swiss team of Tanja Huberli and Nina Betschart 23-25, 22-20, 16-14. Russian men Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov beat Spain’s Pablo Herrera Allepuz and Adrian Gavira Collado 21-19, 22-20. Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich beat Germany’s Julia Sude and Karla Borger 21-8, 21-23, 15-6.In the canceled match, the Japanese team of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii, who were 29th on the qualifying points list for the 24-team tournament but received the entry reserved for the hosts, earned the win by default. Officially, the Czechs were marked as “Did Not Start,” and their three round-robin opponents will be awarded victories.Sluková is one of at least four members of the Czech team who have tested positive since their arrival in Japan, including men’s beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič. The team has said it’s investigating if the COVID-19 outbreak is linked to its charter flight to Tokyo.A third beach player, American competitor Taylor Crabb, tested positive for COVID-19. But his partner, Jake Gibb, will remain in the competition with alternate Tri Bourne, who was able to make it to Tokyo in time.———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Crabb out (COVID), Bourne in for US beach volleyball team

Crabb out (COVID), Bourne in for US beach volleyball team

American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 testsBy JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports WriterJuly 22, 2021, 7:43 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO — American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests, and Tri Bourne will take his place as the partner of four-time Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition begins this weekend.Crabb confirmed his withdrawal on Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he was vaccinated and tested negative before he left the United States but tested positive when he arrived in Japan.“I’m symptom-free, thankfully, but deeply disappointed to not be able to join Jake on the sand and compete as a member of Team USA,” Crabb said. “I want Jake to play in his fourth Olympic games and I want him to bring home a medal. Tri Bourne, an incredible athlete, person and close friend will be competing alongside Jake and filling my spot on Team USA.”Despite Crabb’s positive result at the Tokyo airport and follow-up tests that confirmed it, he remained hopeful that subsequent tests would clear him to play. Those results continued to come back positive — including one on Thursday, just hours before the deadline for the national governing body to replace him on the Olympic roster.The Olympic beach volleyball tournament begins Saturday at Tokyo’s Shiokaze Park, with Gibb and Bourne scheduled to play their first match on Sunday night against Italy.“While there is no question that I’m devastated to not be competing, I’ve now taken on a new role — supporting my new team (coach Rich Lambourne), Jake and Tri Bourne,” Crabb, 29, who was looking to make his Olympic debut, told the AP. “I want to send positive vibes and negative test results to all athletes here in Tokyo — stay healthy and enjoy every moment.”Gibb, 45, is the oldest volleyball player — beach or indoor — in Olympic history. He played in Beijing and London with Sean Rosenthal, finishing fifth each time. With Casey Patterson in Rio de Janeiro, he failed to reach the knockout round of 16.Bourne, 32, is a native Hawaiian who was on the Southern California team that reached the 2009 NCAA finals in indoor volleyball and was the 2014 rookie of the year on the international beach tour. He attempted to qualify for the Tokyo Games with Trevor Crabb, Taylor’s brother, but they were the No. 3 U.S. team in the rankings; there is a quota of two teams per country.“I’ve faced adversity before, and I will face it again,” Crabb wrote. “But it doesn’t take the sting out of the situation. I have learned so much from Jake and Rich in the five years we’ve been playing together as a team, and much of that has helped me become a better version of myself — one that my family, friends and teammates can count on. That’s where this hurts the most.”———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/2020-tokyo-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Bulky but wild DeChambeau pays price on British Open links

Bulky but wild DeChambeau pays price on British Open links

Bryson DeChambeau’s new muscles were no match for the wind blowing in from the English Channel and the thick thatches of rough at Royal St. George’s.Neither was his driver.DeChambeau’s bulked-up body made its links debut in the British Open on Thursday, and he paid for his long but errant drives with a 1-over 71 in the first round. The 2020 U.S. Open champion was seven strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen.“I’m living on the razor’s edge,” said DeChambeau, who erased his four birdies with five bogeys at the 7,189-yard layout alongside Sandwich Bay.“It’s quite finicky for me, because it’s a golf course that’s pretty short,” he said. “And so when I hit driver and it doesn’t go in the fairway … it’s tough for me to get it out onto the green and control that.”DeChambeau didn’t mince words when someone suggested he still could contend for the claret jug if he can get it in the fairway.“If I can hit it down the middle of the fairway, that’s great, but with the driver right now … the driver sucks,” he said. “It’s not a good face for me and we’re still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mis-hits.”His assessment irked Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager at Cobra and one of those who designs and builds DeChambeau’s clubs how he wants them. Schomin told Golfweek the Cobra staff is trying to build clubs for which there is no data because few others swing as hard and fast as DeChambeau.“Everybody is bending over backwards,” Schomin said. “He knows it. It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.”DeChambeau, who has not finished in the top 20 in the four majors he has played since winning the U.S. Open last year, doesn’t think it’s the nature of links golf that causes problems, rather the weather that accompanies it.He recalled playing well in the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, posting a 2-0-1 record in singles.“The times I’ve played in the British Opens in the past, I think they’ve been a little wet and windy,” he said after his practice round. “I usually struggle on that in general.”But that was all before he added 40 pounds of mass and muscle so he could swing faster, hit the ball farther and gain a huge advantage by having shorter clubs to the green, even if the ball is in the rough.“This is the first time I’ve taken my length to links golf,” DeChambeau said Tuesday. “The key is driving it in the fairway this week. No matter what, you’ve got to be in the fairway. If I get … into the hay, probably not going to have a good chance this week.”Instead, he hit just four of 14 fairways in the opening round. And rather than using his new bulk to set up shorter approaches on Thursday, he needed it just to muscle his way out of the thigh-high rough.The poor start at Royal St. George’s continues a streak of disappointments since winning his only major at Winged Foot. He tied for 34th in the Masters in November, for 46th in the Masters in April, for 38th at the PGA Championship and for 26th at the U.S. Open, where he briefly had a one-shot lead in the final round.He also lost the only caddie he’s had as a pro, Tim Tucker, which they said was a mutual decision. DeChambeau relies on his caddie not just for yardage and reading greens but for his Mad Scientist stuff like air density.Working with DeChambeau for the first time is the replacement, Brian Zeigler, an instructor at Dallas National.“It’s certainly throwing him into the deep end,” said DeChambeau, who posted a video on Instagram of Ziegler jumping into a swimming pool with a bag of golf clubs.“He’s OK with it. He loves it,” DeChambeau said. “I would say that he’s still learning the ropes a little bit, which is expected on any end when you have somebody new that’s really never caddied before, but I wanted somebody on the bag that I could trust as much as I did with Tim, and I think that’s why he fit the place so well.”———More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Hernández leads off with homer, Red Sox beat Phillies 11-5

Hernández leads off with homer, Red Sox beat Phillies 11-5

Kiké Hernández led off the Red Sox first with a home run, JBy JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports WriterJuly 10, 2021, 3:44 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON — When Red Sox manager Alex Cora made Kiké Hernández his leadoff hitter, he had one goal in mind: “Instant offense.””That’s what we’re looking for: For him to hunt fastballs and do damage,” Cora said on Friday night after Hernández led off Boston’s first with a home run and sparked the Red Sox to an 11-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. “That’s what he’s been doing the last two homestands.”Hernández’ homer was his fifth from the leadoff spot this season; only Kyle Schwarber (7) and José Altuve (6) have more. It was also his fifth homer in his last 12 games — four of them in the first inning.“He’s a tone-setter at the top of the lineup,” Red Sox starter Garrett Richards said. “And the rest of the lineup isn’t any easier. The boys are rolling right now.”J.D. Martinez added a three-run shot in the second inning, his 18th of the season, and Rafael Devers hit his 22nd in the four-run fourth as the Red Sox bounced back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits to pull away.Richards (5-5) pitched five innings for his first victory in nine starts since May 19, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. Returning home from a six-game California swing, Boston won its ninth straight at Fenway Park — its longest home winning streak in 10 years.“For us to get to where we want to go, we have to make this place a home-field advantage again,” said Cora, whose team improved to 28-17 at home. “We have to play good here. We’ve been doing that.”Vince Velasquez (3-4) lasted just 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies, his shortest start of the year. He allowed eight runs on six hits and four walks, striking out two but allowing three home runs.“When he did throw strikes, he threw a lot of them over the middle,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “And that’s a dangerous spot to a team that swings the bat extremely well.”ALL-STAR HEAT CHECKMartinez had two hits and a walk, driving in four runs. Devers walked twice and had his 72nd RBI — second in the majors to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Xander Bogaerts, Boston’s other All-Star position player, singled and scored but also struck out three times. (Pitchers Matt Barnes and Nathan Eovaldi also made the AL team; the five Boston players is the most in baseball.)Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto doubled in a run in the first inning and added a single in the fifth. Pitcher Zack Wheeler was also named to the NL squad for Tuesday’s game in Denver.THESE BOOTSThe Red Sox had gone five straight games without an error, one short of their longest string of the season, before committing two in the second inning on Friday night. Hernández misplayed Didi Gregorius’ single in center for an extra base, and Richards threw away a pickoff attempt.PITCHING INInfielder Ronald Torreyes pitched the eighth for Philadelphia, retiring the Red Sox in order on just five pitches — all strikes.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: Reliever José Alvarado took a line drive from Alex Verdugo off his heel in the seventh inning. He pounced on the ball, but his throw to first was not in time. He was checked out by the trainer but remained in the game.Red Sox: Catcher Kevin Plawecki (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and catcher Connor Wong was optioned to Triple-A Worcester. Utilityman Danny Santana was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain, retroactive to July 7, and utilityman Michael Chavis was recalled from Worcester to take his place.UP NEXTLHP Matt Moore (0-1) faces LHP Martín Pérez (7-4) in the second game of the three-game series.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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