FY grounded to shortstop in the 1st, singled to the pitcher and scored on a sac fly in the 3rd, flied to right in the 5th, and worked an 8-pitch walk in the 7th. He handled four chances in the field.
It's been a while since I played. Later in the game I was a little tired, but overall, I felt fine. ... I told Tito that I don't plan to play just five innings on Tuesday.Pedroia will be the PawSox's DH on Sunday afternoon and probably rejoin the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Everybody in that clubhouse feels we can win. We don't need to prove anything to anybody. We've had guys fight through it all year. Frankly, we don't give a shit what anybody thinks. ... Jump on the wagon now because it's going to be a fun ride.The Red Sox are 4 GB the Rays in the Wild Card, with 42 games left to play. Between August 27 and September 8, Boston plays Tampa Bay six times. And six of the Red Sox's last ten games of the regular season are against the Yankees.
Terry Francona gave a capsule version of Jacoby Ellsbury's injury:
The results showed some edema to the soft tissue in the same area, suggesting new trauma from the fall. There's like a line, a faint line, at the fracture site. It's impossible to tell [whether it's] new [or] incomplete healing. ... [Could this be a while?] Yeah. ... He didn't want to [come out of Friday's game], but it was pretty obvious to me he was hurting.The Red Sox lead all major league teams with 54 save opportunities (saves + blown saves) this season. Boston has also had 108 separate save situations; for example, both Scott Atchison and Felix Doubront had a chance for a save on Saturday. By contrast, the Yankees, who have played two fewer games than the Red Sox but have five more wins, have had 39 save opportunities and 89 save situations. Playing so many games that are close in the late innings increases the chances for more than a few gut-punch losses.