Game Day Notes: Drew leaves early, bats heat up

Game Day Notes: Drew leaves early, bats heat up
June 29, 2013, 1:00 am
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Don’t rule out Stephen Drew retuning to the Red Sox for next season.

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BOSTON -- Stephen Drew went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple. He has three triples in his last four games, and has hit safely in a season-high tying five straight games, and in eight of his last nine games. He is batting .375 (21-for-56) with 12 extra-base hits in his last 16 home games.

He left with right hamstring tightness after a double in the fourth inning.

“Right now, it’s still kind of the same,” he said after the game. “So, we’ll see [Saturday], have a better idea of it.”

Immediately after the game, he was unsure if he would need a few days to rest it.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Haven’t had that many hamstring deals in my career. I had one early on [in the left leg] but this is nothing like that. But it’s, hamstring’s are funny. But I’m staying positive. Hopefully one or two games and go from there. It was just coming around [first] and really tightened up on me.”
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Drew and Dustin Pedroia each tripled in the game, giving the Sox a total of 11 triples in June, the most in any single month since June 2003, when they had 15. Nine different Sox batters have a triple in 2013, matching the team’s total from 2012.
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Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a triple, and is 12-for-21 (.571) with six RBI and seven runs scored over a five-game hit streak. He has reached base safely in 40 of 42 games at Fenway this season, hitting .374, going 58-for-155.
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The Sox are season-high 16 games over .500, their most games above .500 since the conclusion of the 2011 season, when they finished 18 games over, at 90-72.
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The Sox are an American League-best 35-22 (.614) this season when facing a right-handed starter. They are hitting .311, going 212-for-682 against right-handers since the start of June, including .399, going (79-for-198), with 15 doubles, four triples, and three home runs in their last seven games since June 21.
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Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5, extending his hit streak to nine games. In that stretch he is batting .410, going 16 for 39, with five doubles, seven RBIs and eight runs scored. He has hit in 23 of 26 games since May 26, batting .383, going 44-for-115.
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Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 and has reached safely in 34 of his 36 games with a plate appearance. He has hit safely in 30 of 35 games with an at-bat.
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Brandon Snyder, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 25, made his Sox debut Friday. He entered as a pinch-runner for Drew and stayed in the game, playing third base with Iglesias moving to shortstop.
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He has 34 strikeouts in June, third in the majors for the month, trailing only the Orioles Chris Davis, with 39, and Cleveland’s Mark Reynolds (36).
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Edwin Encarnacion’s game-tying seventh-inning home run was the fourth he has hit against the Sox this season, tying him tying him with Evan Longoria, Chris Davis, and Dominic Brown for the most by an opponent against the Sox this season.