I got the first one out of the way. No harm done -- thank God. It was exciting. Lucky I've caught [Bard] plenty. It would have been different if I never caught him before and go out there in my first MLB outing and try to catch [a pitcher who throws] 98 [mph].Bard:
For me, it's the only time I've been more of a veteran than [another guy on the field]. ... I made it a little tough on him, probably [loading the bases with one out], but he did a great job and didn't make me look too bad.In the 17 games since being taken out of the leadoff spot, Jacoby Ellsbury has hit .356/.451/.542 with 10 walks and only six strikeouts. Although he hit second in five of those games, his usual spot has been 7th. ... Since May 2, he is hitting .333/.392/.450.
With a stolen base in the sixth inning, Ellsbury became only the fourth player in Red Sox history to steal at least 30 bases in two seasons (only Tris Speaker has done it more than twice):
Jason Varitek, since May 30: .176/.328/.294.Tris Speaker 1909-10, 1912-14
Harry Hooper 1910-11
Johnny Damon 2002-03
Jacoby Ellsbury 2008-09
Dustin Pedroia, in 85 PA as leadoff hitter: .182/.250/.247.
Nick Green, since June 9: .349/.383/.628.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is staying in Boston while the team is on the road, working out, but not throwing. ... Jed Lowrie was hit on the knee by a pitch last night while playing for Pawtucket, but the injury is not considered serious.