Notes: Buchholz gets 2nd win; Ellsbury injured

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Notes: Buchholz gets 2nd win; Ellsbury injured

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Clay Buchholz picked up his second win of the season onMonday night at Fenway Park, and he did so while handing the opposing starter Los Angeles Jered Weaver his first loss of the season.

Weaver entered Mondays game with a 6-0 record and an ERA of0.99, but with a little help from his offense and his defense, Buchholzoutlasted Weaver and helped Boston to a 9-5 win.

As the guy going up against Weaver you got to keep theirguys off balance and try to keep them off base, said Buchholz. They made someearly contact, had some runners in scoring position situations, and all I cando is try to limit the damage as best as I could. I got a couple of balls thatwere hit at guys and got out of the inning.

But yeah, Weaver, thats what he does, he goes out thereand wins. Hes obviously a strikeout guy and theres not a whole lot of stuffgoing on, on the base paths with him on the mound. It was a definitely a goodstep for this team.

Buchholz pitched 6 23 innings while allowing two runs oneight hits and two walks, while striking out two.

Everything was good tonight, said Buchholz. Obviously youcan go back and say I didnt throw this pitch. You can have that regardless ofwhat kind of outing you have. But slowly but surely, Im sometimes trying too hard to do things. Tonight I feltlike I let the grip and trusted the stuff and let everything work itself out,and not try to press too much.

Francona came out to get Lester with two outs in the top ofthe seventh inning, a runner at third, and the Red Sox trying to hold onto a3-2 lead. Daniel Bard came in and got them out of that inning with the lead.

I thought he used his fastball really aggressively, said manager Terry Francona. He had the two walks in the one inning. Otherthan that, he didnt. He got us to a point in the game where we could go toBard. That was big.

Obviously, hes still finding his rhythm, said Varitek. Istill think his best days are in front of him. But it was a good job tonight,minimizing damage.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his season-high hit streak to 11games on Monday night, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, and twostolen bases.

But the center fielder left Mondays game after the seventhinning with a left knee contusion, when his leg collided with Angels catcherJeff Mathis in the seventh inning. Ellsbury came home on Gonzalezbases-clearing double, but as he crossed the plate, his left leg got caught upwith Mathis foot.

Francona said that Ellsbury was a little sore after thegame, and will wait until Tuesday afternoon to make a decision on his statusfor Tuesday nights game.

Hes real stable and everything, said Francona. He justgot kind of a bruise on the inside of his knee.

With a bruise like that, well see how he wakes up.

The Red Sox saw an offensive surge in the bottom of theseventh, thanks to the timely hitting of Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis andDavid Ortiz.

With bases loaded and one out in the inning, and the Red Soxholding onto a 3-2 lead, Gonzalez ripped a ball off the monster in deepleft-center, just to the left of the yellow home-run line on the center fieldwall.

Three runs scored on the double, giving Boston a 6-2 lead.

Youkilis followed that up with an RBI double of his own,ripping a liner off the top of the monster in left, and scoring Gonzalez for a7-2 lead.

Then, Ortiz made it 9-2 with his third home run of theseason, into the monster seats.

It keeps the line moving, said Francona after the win.Spread the game out, have a nice big inning. Yeah, that was good. And itsprobably no coincidence that the balls that were hit hard, were to left-centerand up the middle.

Theres nights when you need your big guys to hit somethree-run homers, or hit a ball off the wall.

Theres also nights where you need your defense to step upand make game-changing plays, not just with the gloves, but with their arms.

Gonzalez can be applauded for that on Monday night, as hisgutsy throw to third on a grounder to first in a non-force out situation, keptBoston in the lead.

Instead of stepping on first on a ball hit to him by AlbertoCallaspo, the Red Sox first baseman immediately threw to Youkilis at third,attempting to gun down Torii Hunter, who had previously doubled.

The throw was low, and Youkilis made a nice tag for the out.

Hes playing in, and hes one of the few first basemen thatwill do that, said Francona. A lot of guys can certainly catch it over there,like him, but he can catch it and throw it. And he threw it low, but Youkilismade a nice play. It could be a game-changer.

If theres ever a runner on second with two outs, you knowthe hitter is trying to hit a ground ball to the right side, said Gonzalez.And Ive always told the third baseman, and I probably did it five or sixtimes in San Diego, where I got the guy out there. So its one of those thingswhere I always tell him, just be aware, because if its hit hard right at me,Im going to you.

Josh Beckett threw a 25-pitch side session on Mondayafternoon, and Francona said afterwards that Beckett's been pushed back toWednesday only because the schedule allowed them to do so.

I just want to make sure that we monitor the workload, so he can go out, andbe Beckett, said Francona.

Weve leaned on him pretty hard, added the Red Sox manager. Again, theresno days off coming up. So when you have the ability to give a guy that extraday, I think sometimes youve got to take it. Because we wont be able to,going forward for a couple weeks.

Francona said that the rest of his rotation will be JonLester on Tuesday, Beckett on Wednesday, John Lackey on Thursday, and DaisukeMatsuzaka on Friday.

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Top prospect Yoan Moncada will join Red Sox on Friday

Top prospect Yoan Moncada will join Red Sox on Friday

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have announced they will call up top prospect Yoan Moncada when rosters expand from the current 25-man limit.

Earlier Wednesday, Farrell wouldn't officially confirm the imminent promotion but hinted that the Red Sox appeared ready to call up their top prospect.

Farrell first noted that the Red Sox "need better production'' at third base, where both Travis Shaw and Aaron Hill have struggled mightily at the position.

Moncada, a natural second baseman, was shifted to third base earlier this month at Double A Portland. Moncada has a slash line of .285/.388/.547 with 11 homers and 27 RBI in 44 games.

Asked specifically about the potential of a call-up for Moncada, Farrell said: "We've talked about Yoan. And not just as a pinch-runner. It's an exciting young player, an extremely talented guy. There's all positive reviews and evaluations of him.

"When that major league experience is going to initiate, time will tell that. But in terms of playing the position of third base [in the big leagues], that conversation has been had.''

Previously, the Red Sox had resisted bringing Moncada to the big leagues, worried that he wouldn't be in the lineup often enough to continue his development. The Sox didn't want him to miss out on additional experience in the minors by playing only part-time in the majors.

But now that the minor league seasons are about to end -- Portland finishes Labor Day -- there's nothing in the minors for Moncada to miss.

"This is a different scenario than if it were July or early August,'' said Farrell. "The minor league season ends [soon], so is there benefit to him just being here? The answer to that is yes. Do you weigh playing 'X' number of games per week versus what he could be doing at Portland or Pawtucket? Well, that goes away [with the minor league regular seasons end].

"So, again, by all accounts, there's nothing but positives that could come out of experience here -- if that were to happen.''

 Moncada's promotion is similar to the one experience by Xander Bogaerts in 2013, who was brought up in the final week of August 2013 and remained with the club all the way through the end of the team's World Series run that fall, taking playing time from struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

 "For those who have been around this team for a number of years,'' said Farrell, "teams that have had success have always had an injection of young players late in the season that have helped carry the team through the postseason. I think Yoan would be in a similar category to when Pedey [Dustin Pedroia], when Jake [Jacoby Ellsbury] came into the picture. And Andrew (Benintendi) is already here, so I wouldn't separate [Moncada] out from that at all.

"In fact, he's a direct comparison [to those cases].’’

Farrell agreed that the arrival of a young, highly-touted player can inject some energy into a team in the throes of a pennant race.

"Absolutely, there is,'' said Farrell. "You've got a newness element. You've got, likely, above-average speed. You've got athleticism. You've got the unknown across the field on how does a given [opposing] team attack a given guy.

"In the cases we've talked about, it has been beneficial to us for the young player to come up. They find a way to contribute in a meaningful role. "

Without saying that Moncada's promotion was a definite,  he said "there's a lot [of positives]going for it.''

Farrell also acknowledged that the Sox held internal discussions about how Moncada would be utilized, given that the switch-hitter has been far more productive from the left side of the plate.

"We've talked about what's strong side, how do you look to best ease him in, so to speak,'' said Farrell. "We thought that with Benintendi, how do we best ease him in. Well, he blew the doors off of that one [with his early success]. So, if it happens, and if begins here soon, you'll all be aware.''

Farrell said the reports of Moncada's transition to third base have been encouraging despite three errors in his first nine games there.

"He's shown good range, an above-average arm,'' said Farrell. "Where there will be ongoing work and continued development, just as there was at second base, is the ball hit straight at him. That's just pure technique and fundamental positioning with hands and feet.

"But as far as range to his glove side, moving to third base, that seemingly has not been that big of a challenge for him.''