Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues

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Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues

BOSTON Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game (although he did get into Thursdays game in Tampa Bay). Manager Bobby Valentine did not disclose the injury, but Ellsbury may be out until Tuesday, giving him two days off with Mondays off day.

Oh, gosh, I have no idea, Valentine said when asked if Ellsbury would play Sunday. Probably will be conservative and cautious. But when hes ready to play, love to have him play.

Perhaps if the standings and the Red Sox situation were different, Ellsbury could play?

Im not sure, Valentine said. Its something I think he wants to be cautious with.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to start the final game of the season, Oct. 3 in New York, skipping his next turn. In 10 starts, he has posted a record of 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA this season.

With two off-days coming up, Monday and Thursday, the Sox rotation will be in some flux. Right-hander Aaron Cook is starting Saturday against the Orioles, with left-hander Felix Doubront starting Sunday. Valentine said Clay Buchholz would get five days of rest while Jon Lester will get six. Right-hander Zach Stewart is scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore.

The Red Sox announced the minor league awards. Brandon Workman was named the teams minor league pitcher of the year and shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been named offensive player of the year. Jackie Bradley was named the defensive player of the year. Third baseman Garin Cecchini was named base runner of the year. Right-handed pitcher Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot were named the teams Latin program pitcher and player of the year, respectively.

Daniel Nava was given the Lou Gorman Award. Created in 2011, the awardis given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team.

Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

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Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.

Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.

Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.

He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.

"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure

"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”

Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.

"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”

 

 

Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).

Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Aaron Hill 3B

Andrew Benintendi LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Chris Young RF

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Ryan Hanigan C

Travis Shaw 1B

Deven Marrero 2B

Henry Owens LHP

 

YANKEES

Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF 

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Didi Gregorius SS

Chase Headley 3B

Brian McCann C

Aaron Hicks RF

Tyler Austin 1B

C.C. Sabathia LHP