Red Sox activate Ellsbury

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Red Sox activate Ellsbury

As expected, the Red Sox have activated center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list prior to their game Friday night against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Ellsbury has been out since sustaining a partially dislocated left shoulder in the home opener on April 13. He has missed 79 games.

To make room on the roster for Ellsbury, expected to be back in his familiar leadoff spot Friday night, the Red Sox have designated journeyman righthander Justin Germano for assignment. That gives the team 10 days to trade, release or have the pitcher accept a minor league assignment.

Ellsbury hit .185 in his seven-game minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Red Sox rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who missed the past week with a hamstring injury, is also back in the lineup, batting fifth.

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Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.