Ellsbury injures shoulder, leaves game

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Ellsbury injures shoulder, leaves game

BOSTON -- A dark cloud enveloped Fenway Park on a bright, sunny afternoon Friday when Jacoby Ellsbury was forced from the Red Sox' Opening Day game after suffering a right shoulder injury.
Ellsbury, who was on first base in the bottom of the fourth inning after having singled home Kelly Shoppach and given the Sox a 4-1 lead, broke for second base on a pitch that Dustin Pedroia hit sharply to Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac just to the left of the second-base bag. Ellsbury slid into Brignac just as Brignac fired to first to complete the double play, upending him. Brignac fell onto Ellsbury's right shoulder.
Ellsbury was on the ground for several minutes. When he finally got to his feet, he was holding his right arm close to his body and walked off the field with the arm immobilized.
Cody Ross, who had been playing right field, moved to center and Ryan Sweeney took over in right.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Red Sox announced vaguely that Ellsbury had suffered "a right shoulder injury" and would be "evaluated further".
More to come . . .

Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

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Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.