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.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver