Alex Gordon (Wrist) has returned to the Royals lineup on Friday.
Gordon missed the final four games of the first half with a wrist issue, but the time off for the All Star break has obviously afforded him an opportunity to recuperate. He is back in left field and will bat fifth in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender