Terry Francona confirmed in his postgame press conference Tuesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (broken ribs) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who has not played for the Red Sox since May 24, had three hits Tuesday in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket.
"He brings something to our lineup that we've been missing," said Francona of Ellsbury on Tuesday. "That threat to run and the speed when he is healthy and going, what he can do, that gives us a different look that teams have to respect."
Francona told the media that a corresponding roster move will be made, but did not name a specific player.
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Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first major league pitch he'd seen since June 22, and Red Sox starter Josh Beckett overpowered the Cleveland lineup to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory at Fenway Park.
Lowell jumped on a 91 mph fastball from Indians starter David Huff in the bottom of the second inning, clubbing it into the Monster Seats for his third homer of the season. While that was his only hit in four at-bats, Lowell also made a couple of fine defensive plays at first, filling in admirably for Kevin Youkilis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a torn muscle in his right thumb.
Beckett (3-1), meanwhile, was overpowering, thanks largely to a precise fastball and likely his best curveball of the year. The Sox' Opening Day starter retired the final 14 batters he faced on a night when he allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out eight and walking none. He did, however,...
Cleveland reliever Jensen Lewis threw a pitch behind the back of Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the eighth inning, prompting Beltre to shout while taking a few steps towards the mound, a prelude to both benches emptying onto the field. The pitch thrown by Lewis came one inning after reliever Justin Germano threw a pitch behind the back of David Ortiz.
Those pitches came in apparent response for the fact that Sox starter Josh Beckett hit a pair of batters in he early innings. He drummed Shelley Duncan in the first inning and later uncorked a fastball off he knee of Shin-Soo Choo in the third.
No punches were exchanged in the eighth-inning fracas, but there was plenty of pushing on the field, with Beckett leading the charge en route to a shouting match with Duncan. The two were separated by several teammates, including Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who played the role of peacemaker between his...
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that the club thinks it likely that Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated from he disabled list in the next day or two. The GM said that the decision on his activation will be made jointly by the Sox and the outfielder in concert with the medical staff, all of whom are scheduled to talk on Tuesday evening. Epstein underscored that all parties are in agreement about how to proceed.
"We’ve been on the same page for a long time about this," said Epstein. "I’m sure we will be tonight, too."
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Mike Lowell, back in a game for the Red Sox for the first time since June 22 after spending the las six weeks on the disabled list due to his right hip, jumped on the first pitch he saw from Indians starter David Huff, a 91 mph fastball, and lined it into the Monster Seats for his third homer of the season.
Lowell was activated for the Red Sox prior to Tuesday's game due to the torn adductor muscle in the right thumb of Kevin Youkilis that sent him to the disabled list.
"I can’t pretend that I’m going to be Kevin Youkilis. He’s a different hitter than I am," said Lowell, who went 11-for-22 with four homers in his minor league rehab assignment. "But I feel that I can be a productive hitter. I welcome the challenge, just being a competitive baseball player. I’ve always said that I’d rather play than be on the bench, well this is my chance, so I’m looking forward to taking...
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