It's fight to finish (last)

Conclusion?

It's anybody's ballgame, but score it disadvantage, Padres.

Right spot: Scott Podsednik might not have been lucky to hit a home run that was the difference in the Red Sox's 6-5 victory Wednesday over the Orioles, but he was lucky to be in the big leagues. The former White Sox left fielder was hitting .203 as a member of Ryne Sandberg's Lehigh Valley IronPigs when the Red Sox made a deal to get him.

The Red Sox have 13 players on the DL, and the seven outfielders include Carl Crawford (elbow), Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) and Ryan Sweeney (seven-day concussion DL).

"I'm just happy to be back," said the 36-year-old Podsednik, whose Game 2 homer was the key hit in the 2005 World Series. "It has been a long haul, but you never know what can happen."

With the outfield in shambles, manager Bobby Valentine moved Gold Glover Adrian Gonzalez from first base to right field as a way to fit both Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks into the lineup. He's playing Gonzalez in the big right field at Fenway Park rather than the small left field because it allows him to maintain the same perspective as at first base. Sweeney should return this week, but Crawford and Ellsbury aren't expected back until July.

True rocket: The Giancarlo Stanton grand slam that temporarily knocked out a portion of the video display of the auxiliary scoreboard at Marlins Park shattered the record for highest velocity off the bat the ESPN Home Run Tracker ever has registered.

Stanton's blast was recorded at 122.4 mph, more than 10 mph above David Ortiz's mark that had been the leader in the rankings that began in 2006. It was Stanton's fourth grand slam, which made him the fourth player ever to hit four grand slams before age 23. The others are Ted Williams, Eddie Mathews and Ken Griffey Jr.

"That's good company,'' Stanton said.

The last word: "Only God knows my swing better than myself." — Albert Pujols, who recently spent time with Tony La Russa but said he did not seek any hitting advice.

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