Ellsbury injures shoulder, leaves game

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Ellsbury injures shoulder, leaves game

BOSTON -- A dark cloud enveloped Fenway Park on a bright, sunny afternoon Friday when Jacoby Ellsbury was forced from the Red Sox' Opening Day game after suffering a right shoulder injury.
Ellsbury, who was on first base in the bottom of the fourth inning after having singled home Kelly Shoppach and given the Sox a 4-1 lead, broke for second base on a pitch that Dustin Pedroia hit sharply to Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac just to the left of the second-base bag. Ellsbury slid into Brignac just as Brignac fired to first to complete the double play, upending him. Brignac fell onto Ellsbury's right shoulder.
Ellsbury was on the ground for several minutes. When he finally got to his feet, he was holding his right arm close to his body and walked off the field with the arm immobilized.
Cody Ross, who had been playing right field, moved to center and Ryan Sweeney took over in right.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Red Sox announced vaguely that Ellsbury had suffered "a right shoulder injury" and would be "evaluated further".
More to come . . .

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

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McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.