Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

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Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

BOSTON -- After two no-decisions in his first two outings with the RedSox, Erik Bedard suffered his first loss with the team on Tuesday night, in thesecond of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Bedard allowed three runs (only one earned) on seven hitsand zero walks, while striking out six batters in six innings.

In each of his three starts with the Red Sox, hes increasedhis pitch count from 70, to 90, to now 102. He threw 72 of those 102 forstrikes on Tuesday night, and even though he picked up the loss, Bedard and hismanager were happy with the outing.

I feel good, said Bedard after the game. My pitch countis back up to normal. Just going out there and trying to keep the team in theballgame.

He was pretty good, said Terry Francona.Again, spinning that breaking ball really well. We didnt help him a lot attimes. The couple runs, its not always just errors, its maybe extraopportunities and things like that.

I think hes continuing that progression of gettingstronger, getting that pitch count up, and he just fires strikes with all hispitches.

Just like the first game of the day, the Red Sox finishedthe second game with only three hits. Only this time, a Jacoby Ellsbury homerun wasnt enough to pull out a win.

Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, and Jason Varitek had the only threehits in the night-cap, with Ellsbury and Varitek each hitting solo home runs.

In the process, Ellsbury became the first Red Sox player tohit a home run in both ends of a doubleheader since Trot Nixon did it inPittsburgh in 2003. Mo Vaughn was the last Red Sox player to do it at Fenway, in 1997.

Kevin Youkilis sat out the second game with what Francona called a little soreness in hisback. Francona also said that he hopes for Youkilis to play on Wednesday.

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