BOSTON – Shane Victorino, who has been battling some hamstring issues recently, came out of Friday’s 10-3 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park in the ninth inning, with Daniel Nava taking over in right field.
“He’s battling the hamstring issue,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t’ want to come out of the game but based on the schedule we’re in and just watching him tonight at that point just felt like to get him off his feet. That was more precautionary and my decision to get him out of the game.”
* The Sox are 6-4 against the Yankees this season.
* Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-2, hitting safely in all six games since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 10. In that stretch, he is batting .400 going 8-for-20, with two doubles, two RBI, and two walks, raising his average to .211, the highest is has been since the same mark on May 16.
* Mike Carp, pinch-hitting for Middlebrooks in the seventh inning, was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing balls and strikes. Carp thought he was hit by a pitch from Sean Kelly before being called out two pitches later by Welke.
Carp said his frustration was from getting two bad calls in one at-bat.
“The whole at-bat in general,” he said. “It cannot happen. You guys have seen what we can do when we extend ballgames.”
It was the second time this season Carp has been ejected, tying him with Farrell for most on the teams. The Sox have seven total ejections this season. Carp was the first ejection of the season on June 5.
* The Rays beat the Blue Jays Friday, cutting the Sox lead in the division to one game.
* The Yankees have scored 18 total runs against the Sox in their last two games, after scoring just 22 over their first eight games this season.