Notes: Ellsbury sits out again

Notes: Ellsbury sits out again
June 2, 2013, 7:15 pm
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NEW YORK -- Still nursing a sore left groin, Jacoby Ellsbury sat out his third straight game Sunday night as the Red Sox wrapped up a five-game road trip.
     
Ellsbury first felt the injury Thursday night on his fifth stolen base of the night, setting a single-game franchise record.
     
"Improved, yet not ready to go today," said Farrell. "We're shooting for Tuesday. It's the assessment of the medical staff, how he's responded to treatment. It's improving but he's not ready to get on the field."
     
The Sox continue to use Daniel Nava in the leadoff spot with Ellsbury sidelined, while alternating Jonny Gomes and Mike Carp in one of the corner outfield spots.

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Mike Napoli is leads the Red Sox in doubles (20), RBI (44), total bases (106) and is among the league leaders in those same categories.     

Additionally, Napoli is tops in the American League in pitches per plate appearance (4.54) and pitches seen (1,077).
     
So it doesn't bother the Red Sox that he is also second in the American League with 80 strikeouts.
     
"I don't think it's uncommon for strikeouts and home runs and power-type approach to be associated with the same guy," said Farrell. "I'm not going to say he's much different than what he's been throughout the course of his career, as well. He's come up with a lot of opportunities and its reflected in the number of RBI that he currently has.
     
"You could say, well, could he have more? Possibly. Still, he's a middle-of-the-order threat for us and we're glad he's with us."

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Infielder Jose Iglesias has reached base safely in 14 of the 15 games he's played thi season and among major league hitters with at least 50 plate appearances, has the highest batting average at .431 (22-for-51).
     
Against the Yankees, Iglesias has played five games -- and had multi-hit games in all of them, hitting .550 (11-for-20).
     
The only other Red Sox player since 1916 to have five multi-hit games against the Yankees in the first five meetings between the team was Jody Reed (1991).