Notes: Ellsbury 'close' but out of Sox lineup

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Notes: Ellsbury 'close' but out of Sox lineup

BOSTON Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup Tuesday for the start of the two-game series against the Rays.

He felt good enough to play and then the training room thought another day would be best, manager Bobby Valentine said. Hes doing fine.

Valentine would not say if he expects Ellsbury to play Wednesday in the Red Sox final home game of the season.

Im not going to make out the lineup now but hes close to playing, Valentine said.

Ellsburys ailment had not been defined, but Valentine said over the weekend it was a throwing situation.

They know in the training room, Valentine said. Its not a big injury, just something we dont want to get any worse thats for sure.

Ellsbury has not been in the starting lineup for five straight games, although he did get into the game in Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Right-hander Zach Stewart threw three innings in a simulated game Tuesday afternoon.

He hasnt pitched in a game since Sept. 5 according to Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur, Valentine said. Hes been throwing bullpens so he threw today to some hitters, three innings. Felt good, looked good, really good.

Stewart is expected to start Sunday in Baltimore. The right-hander, who was acquired from the White Sox in June for Kevin Youkilis, has made one major league start this season, on Aug. 29 when he gave up nine runs in three innings in Anaheim. Valentine would like Stewart to get another chance.

Oh absolutely, he said. I didn't want that to be the only taste of pitching in Fenway, or pitching for the Red Sox.

Daniel Bard threw one inning in the simulated game Tuesday afternoon. Valentine said Bard left with a blister. Since being called up Aug. 31, he has appeared in five games, spanning 3 13 innings, giving up nine runs on eight this and five walks with four strikeouts and three home runs, posting a 24.30 ERA in that span. Valentine would like to get Bard, who hasnt made an appearance since Sept. 19, into more games before the end of the season with the hope of Bard being able to end the season on a good note.

I really would, yeah, Valentine said. And I know he wants to pitch.

The Sox will honor the 2004 World Series team in a pregame ceremony. Among those expected to attend are manager Terry Francona, bench coach Brad Mills, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Timlin, Kevin Millar, and Keith Foulke,

On Wednesday, the Sox will present the all-time Fenway team in a pregame ceremony.

Roger Clemens was on the field before Tuesdays game.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."