Red Sox notes: Ellsbury out, Lester close to 200 innings

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Red Sox notes: Ellsbury out, Lester close to 200 innings

BOSTON Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the starting lineup for the Wednesdays final home game of the season against the Rays. It is the fifth straight game he has been out of the lineup (but he did get into Thursdays game in Tampa Bay).Hes doing OK, manager Bobby Valentine said. The training staff thought another day would be best and being he doesnt play today he gets two days rest with Thursdays off-day. Hopefully hell be OK when we get to Baltimore.Asked if there is a possibility Ellsbury could be shut down for the season, Valentine replied:If it comes to that, yeah. He says he wants to play.While Ellsburys ailment has not been disclosed it is believed to be a lat injury that affects his throwing.
-- Jon Lester enters Wednesdays game against the Rays having pitched 194 13 innings. He missed the 200-inning plateau last season, the first time since 2007, when he pitched 191 23 innings. Valentine said Lester is also expected to get one more start after tonight.I talked to Jon the other day and hes at the bottom of the tank, Valentine said. Hes not on fumes yet and I asked he and Aaron Cook about two more starts and they both seemed ready at that time willing and able.
-- Asked what he would like of Daniel Bard for the offseason, Valentine replied:I dont have that wish list yet but thatll be a project, Valentine said. And mainly just put this season in the rear view mirror.
-- Several players are planning to play winter ball, including Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco. Valentine said a decision had not yet been made about Jose Iglesias. Left-hander Franklin Morales is one of the players who will not be in winter ball.We want him to get on a complete physical arm strengthening conditioning program, Valentine said. We dont want to take any bullets out of the gun.
-- The Sox are planning to honor an all-Fenway team before tonights game. The team comprises the greatest Sox players in Fenway Park history as determined by fan voting, historians, staff, and the teams historical and archival consultants. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for the program.

Report: Pedroia to be away from the team temporarily

Report: Pedroia to be away from the team temporarily

Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday night's game against Kansas City to attend to a family matter, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

Drellich also reports that Pedroia may miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay, too.

This of course comes after Pedroia went 11-for-11 over a three-game stretch, and saw the streak end in the eighth inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.

Pedroia is batting .398 (37-for-93) through 24 games in August, with a .430 on-base percentage. Boston's second baseman is one of -- if not the -- team's hottest hitter this month, hitting .458 (33-for-72) since moving to the leadoff role.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.