Extra Bases

Pregame notes from Fenway

Tarp on the field, May 4
(Steve Silva / Boston.com)

First of all, we’re watching the weather here. Thunderstorms may be moving in before game time. We’ll keep you posted . . .Update:Tarp is being rolled out at 5:34 p.m.

Jacoby Ellsbury was scheduled to take live batting practice for the first time since injuring his ribs April 11 in Kansas City. This would be a major step for Ellsbury, who had been hitting only off a tee in sessions before today.

Ellsbury injured his ribs in a collision in short left field with third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Sox took X-rays at the time and didn’t notice any fractures. Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, pushed for the team to perform a CAT scan, and that revealed Ellsbury had four hairline fractures. Treatment and recovery was the same as if they had been bruised. The Red Sox have missed Ellsbury’s presence in their lineup, which bodes well for his future contract negotiations.

Thoughts from manager Terry Francona during his pregame meeting with the press:

On Clay Buchholz’s condition after being hit with a line drive in the leg last night: “Yeah, he just felt like he’d been hit with a line drive. He’s a little tender. That’s not gonna get in the way of anything but he got hit pretty good.”

On Mike Cameron:
“Cam is really doing well. We continue to monitor his progress and we’ll start talking to him at the end of the week about what we think is in his best interests.”

On Jeremy Hermida being in the lineup tonight: “He feels good. Sometimes staying away from a guy for a few days, as hard as it is, it does help. It’s not easy. But it’s beneficial.”


On Mike Lowell not being in the lineup after going 4 for 4 last night, with David Ortiz starting: “I thought he swung the bat great. Also think we’re trying to look at the big picture. Adrian [Beltre] swung the bat well, too. If we DH Lowell, somebody has to sit. Whether it’s juggling or what ever term you want to use, we’re trying to win tonight, tomorrow, the next day. Not trying to get ahead of myself but we’re trying to do the right thing.”

On communicating with players: “We always try to tell the players ahead of time even what they don’t want to hear. When you talk about being consistent, some things have changed. If we tell them they have a chance to gather themselves.”

On Tim Wakefield bouncing back from his 2 1/3-inning, five-run relief stint in Baltimore.
“He’s doing OK. I tried to stay away last night. He threw 33 pitches so it’s almost like a short start.”

On Boof Bonser: “He’ll pitch a side tomorrow and then pitch in a game Friday [at Pawtucket]. Hopefully we’ll get him back on track.”

On Scott Schoeneweis: Francona thought it was an outing to give him work during garbage time of a game. Francona didn’t seem overly concerned that Schoeneweis allowed four runs. Update:A team source has said that the team will stick with Schoeneweis feeling he is the team’s best bet as a lefty specialist.

Attendance note:
The Red Sox reached 2.8 million tickets sold for 2010 today, the club’s second earliest date ever reaching that figure. They reached 2.8 million on April 30 of 2008.


Beltre stuff: He’s hitting .333, second among AL third baseman (Evan Longoria is at .347).

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The lineup:

Red Sox
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
8. Jeremy Hermida, LF
9. Darnell McDonald, CF
— Jon Lester, LHP

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