Doc and the Sox
The Red Sox had a close connection to former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He twice was invited to speak at the team’s rookie development program in January and gave memorable presentations, according to assistant general manager Mike Hazen. Rivers also had a close relationship with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona . . . Shane Victorino, who left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning because of a sore back, returned to the lineup. He was treated on Monday and had no lingering soreness . . . Brandon Snyder, who was called up to replace Will Middlebrooks on the roster, is the new emergency catcher. He was drafted as a catcher and caught 79 games in the minors . . . Jose Iglesias has reached base safely in 27 consecutive games. It’s the longest single-season streak by a Red Sox player since Dustin Pedroia went 37 games in 2011 . . . Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer extended his hit streak to 22 games with an infield single in the fourth inning. He has reached safely in 41 straight . . . The Sox have won five of their last six at Fenway . . . Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 5, including a leadoff double in the first inning. He has 20 hits to lead off a game this season, the most in the American League . . . Including the 2007 World Series, Pedroia is 11 for 26 with three doubles, four homers, and 13 RBIs in 10 games against the Rockies . . . NESN analyst Jerry Remy, out since May 28 because of illness, returned to the booth . . . With Andris Nelsons conducting, 11 tuxedo-clad members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Modest Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev” in left field before the game. Nelson threw out the first pitch with gusto, sailing it over the head of Lavarnway.
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