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Rapid Reaction: Nationals 5, Americans 1

PHOENIX -- Well, the agenda has been set for Boston sports talk radio and chat forums Wednesday morning.

Topic No. 1: With the daunting prospect of possibly having to face Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay or Cole Hamels at home in a World Series Game 7, Red Sox fans will be clamoring for Major League Baseball to come up with a better idea to determine home-field advantage than an exhibition game comprised of a conga line of cameo appearances.

Topic No. 2: With Josh Beckett scratched while warming up in the second inning because of his sore left knee, Jon Lester merely a spectator here because of a strained lat, Clay Buchholz nursing a bad back and Daisuke Matsuzaka in Fort Myers rehabbing, just who are the Sox counting upon to pitch them into October?

Topic No. 3: After his fourth-inning home run off Lee accounted for the only run scored by the American League, is there anything Adrian Gonzalez can't do?

The recap for the rest of the Sox All-Stars Tuesday night?

David Ortiz grounded out to first against Lee for the first out of the third, and was called out on a checked-swing third strike against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.

Kevin Youkilis entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base in the fourth inning and hit a two-out single off Jair Jurrjens in the seventh.

Jacoby Ellsbury, playing in his first All-Star Game, entered in the bottom of the fifth as a defensive replacement in center field, struck out against Jurrjens in the sixth, then struck out against Braves lefty Jonny Venters in the eighth.

Gonzalez's home run was the first by either team in an All-Star game since J.D. Drew of the Red Sox in the 7th inning of the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium. It ended a stretch of 206 at-bats in the All-Star Game without a home run.

Gonzalez became the second Sox player to homer in an All-Star Game, when he was playing first base at the time. The Boomer, George Scott, was the first, in 1977. Ortiz homered in the 2004 game as a pinch-hitter, then played first base.