Ellsbury hit with a bad memory in Kansas City

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Ellsbury hit with a bad memory in Kansas City

By Joe Haggerty
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KANSAS CITY Jacoby Ellsbury got a scare and a bit of a deja-vu feeling -- and so did the Red Sox -- when he was drilled by a pitch in the back in the eighth inning of Friday night's 7-1 win over the Royals.

It was in Kauffman Stadium, after all, that Ellsbury's 2010 season was derailed when he collided with third baseman Adrian Beltre and suffered broken ribs that sidelined him for all but 12 of the remaining 156 games. And as he visibly winced in pain while walking to first base Friday night, all the while being checked by trainer Mike Reinhold and manager Terry Francona, those memories couldn't help but bubble up.

"This is where he broke his ribs last year," said teammate Jed Lowrie.

Ellsbury stayed in the game after being hit and wound up scoring a run, but was lifted in the bottom of the eighth. Francona said it was precautionary, and Ellsbury agreed.

I was running the bases and I was fine. Then we justwanted to throw some ice on it, said Ellsbury.

"Francona wanted to take me out and rest it."

Ellsbury has missed only one game this season while postingMVP numbers and, at times, carrying the Red Sox to wins when otherplayers were injured or slumping. The 56 extra-base hits, 33 stolenbases, .313 batting average and .887 OPS indicate how important he is to the Sox, and why the team will be cautious with him over the next few days.

Francona said Ellsbury -- who admitted "it feels like I got hit" -- will be reevaulated Saturday before a decision is made on whether he'll return to the lineup.

It all depends on how he feels," said Lowrie, "but if he feels good then hes going to play. I can promise you that.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"Yeah. Dave (Dombrowski), and I and Carl (Willis), we always have conversations about every guy, so this will be no different. We know that Eddie (Rodriguez) is ready to come back to us, but there's been no decision made as of right now.'' - John Farrell, asked whether the team intends to assess Clay Buchholz's spot in the starting rotation.

"(I'm) not demoralized. The team's still winning. I'm basically the only one that's struggling. . . The other guys are doing a really good job of picking up the slack that I'm leaving behind.'' - Buchholz.

"That's out of my pay grade; I can't worry about that. I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it. As they say, if you don't like it, pitch better. That's what it comes down to.'' - Buchholz.

"It was a fun ride. I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. Most of all, the team played really well during it. I was blessed to be in this situation.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on the end of his 29-game winning streak.

"I'm very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it's a blessing. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously, you want to get a hit, but it's tough getting a hit day-in, day-out. It was a pretty special run for me.'' - Bradley.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's 29-game hitting streak came to an end. It's tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 19 games, now the longest such streak in the big leagues.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base via a walk or a hit in each of his last 15 starts.

* In David Ortiz's last 15 games, he has 16 extra-base hits and 20 RBI.

* The Red Sox have scored 51 runs in the first inning over 47 games, an average of 1.09 per first inning.

* Ortiz (double, homer) passed Ty Cobb to move into 13th place on the all-time extra-base hit list.

* Ortiz set a personal record by knocking in multiple runs for the fourth straight game.

* The three homers allowed by Clay Buchholz were a season-high.

 

STARS

1) Jon Gray

Gray earned the first road win of his career by going 7 1/3 innings and blanking the Red Sox after the first inning.

2) Dustin Garneau

The Colorado catcher set a career best with six total bases, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth and a double in the ninth.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz homered in the first inning to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead four batters into the game, then chipped in with a leadoff double in the fourth.