Postgame notes: Big day for banged-up Victorino

Postgame notes: Big day for banged-up Victorino
June 26, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Shane Victorino left Friday's Red Sox game early due to some hamstring issues.

(AP Photo)

BOSTON – Shane Victorino left Sunday’s game in Detroit in the eighth inning with low back tightness. He was examined on Monday and told manager John Farrell if it had not been a scheduled off-day, he felt good enough to play that night.
 
Victorino returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies and once again crashed into the outfield wall, this time bumping his head on a bolt affixed to a sign on the wall.
 
His bumps and bruises did little to bother him in the two-game set against the Rockies. He went a combined 5-for-9 with two doubles two RBI, and three runs scored. In the 5-3 victory on Wednesday, he went 3-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and two runs scored.
 
Just going out there, constantly grinding. Having a guy like Jacoby set the table for us, I think that's important. We've said that all year long. When he sets the table it makes it easy for me."
 
He entered the game going 5-for-15 in his career against Rockies starter Roy Oswalt, his teammate for two seasons while both were with the Phillies. On Wednesday, Victorino went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Oswalt.
 
"We knew he threw a lot of strikes,” Victorino said. “I've played behind him. I've faced him through the years. I think we've got to be aggressive against him. He likes to throw strikes, he likes to be around the zone. We were effective."
 
 
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Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Including four World Series games in 2007, he is 13-for-30 (.433), with three doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, and five walks in 11 career contests against the Rockies.
 
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Stephen Drew hit his fifth triple of the season in the sixth inning, and second in as many games. It was the fifth time in his career that he has tripled in consecutive games, and first time since June 3-4, 2011, while with Arizona.  It was the 21st triple of the season for the Red Sox, the team's most through its first 80 games of a season since 2003, with 28.
 
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Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a lead-off double, his fifth straight game with  an extra-base hit, matching his career-high streak from  Sept. 4-8, 2011.  It was his 21st hit to lead off a game this season, the most in the American League, trailing only Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte, who entered the day with 23. Overall Ellsbury has hit safely in 59 of his 72 games this season, the most games with a hit from the lead-off spot in the majors.
 
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Jose Iglesias did not reach base in the game, ending his career-high on-base streak at 27 games with a plate appearance. He hit .430 , going 40-for-93 with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, seven RBI, nine walks, and getting hit by a pitch twice. It was the longest such streak by a Sox batter this season and by a Sox rookie since Trot Nixon in 1999  with 27 games.
 
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Mike Napoli singled with the bases loaded in the third to drive in a run. He is 7-for-12 (.583), with two doubles, two home runs, and 20 RBI with the bases loaded this season.