In between sets, everything is timed, and he would always be reminding [me] to keep working. He works his tail off. I knew he was hard-working, but he exceeded my expectations. ... We would start at 10 and he was coming at 9 to do his workouts. He was working out an hour more. ... He influenced everybody to come in and work out earlier.Ramirez, who leads the Sox in games played (108 of 111), is hitting .352 since the All-Star break (and .328 since the beginning of May). He is 11 home runs away from the 500 plateau.
Tony Massarotti notes that the Sox are 37-8 when Ramirez knocks in at least one run and 31-35 when he does not.
Josh Beckett's road ERA (in eight starts, 56.2 innings) is 1.59. In 13 home starts (82 innings), his ERA is 4.50.
Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the PawSox lineup on Sunday after missing 15 games with a strained groin. He had three hits, a walk, a stolen base and scored two runs.