There werent many bright spots in Sundays football score loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, but the red-hot performance of Jacoby Ellsbury was one of them.
The Sox centerfielder was given a regularly scheduled day off on Saturday after playing in eight straight games after coming off the disabled list, and came back on Sunday with plenty of energy.
Taking more time off isnt at the top of Ellsburys priority list after missing nearly the first half of the baseball season with a separated shoulder, but hes willing to go along with the Sox medical staffs program.
I like playing. I like playing every day. Im just used to it, said Ellsbury. The more I play the more comfortable I get. I normally dont like taking days off, but you try to make the best out of it.
Ellsbury finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the 15-7 loss to Toronto, and clobbered his first home run of the 2012 season to dead, straightaway center in the bottom of the fifth inning.
I knew it was just a matter of time. I put a good swing on it and I was just trying to drive the ball, said Ellsbury. Ive been putting some good swings on balls, and if you have a good approach with good swings then good things are going to happen.
Ellsbury is hitting .350 in his first nine games off the disabled list with six runs scored, four extra base hits and one stolen base, and has picked up where he left off last season. Its certainly disappointing that it took until late July for Ellsbury to crank his first home run of the season after he jacked 32 long bombs last year, but the Sox leadoff man is ready to make up for lost time.
But both Ellsbury and Carl Crawford have brought some energy and life to the top of the Sox batting order over the last two weeks, and thats a good start for a baseball team looking for all the help they can get.
BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.