Extra Bases

Pregame notes from Fenway

The tarp has been lifted here at Fenway Park. As for now, we’re scheduled to start on time at 7:10 p.m. The field appears to be in decent shape after the heavy downpour. If there is a delay, we will let you know.

Here’s the rest of the news so far:

* Although Indians’ third base coach Steve Smith received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions in Monday’s benches-clearing incident, Francona said he didn’t expect to get fined. It was Francona who was seen having a yelling match with Smith before the incident was broken up. Francona also said each of the five Boston players fined for the incident will not appeal and pay the fine.


“The DL guys, they have to get the fine,” Francona said. “We understand that. That’s one of those where the league does what it needs to too, and our players do what they need to do because we’re a team. We knew that would happen.”

* Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup after his 0-for-5 performance in his long awaited first game back with the club last night. Francona said Ellsbury is feeling fine and will be looked upon often to see how he progresses.

“We know he’s not going to play every single day,” Francona said. “We’ll keep an eye on him.”


* Jon Lester told Francona after last night’s loss that his left hamstring was fine and the he didn’t feel any ill effects today. Francona said Lester was just dehydrated and not fully rested as Lester and his wife had their first child last week. The biggest problem Francona had to deal with was Lester being angry at himself for having a poor performance.

“I wasn’t feeling too good about myself either,” Francona said. “I made a trip to the mound to check on him and the next pitch hits the foul pole. That’s a bad feeling. You’re concern, but you don’t want to get in the way of them pitching either. That’s a terrible feeling.”


* Varitek said his right foot feels better with each day. He has now been without crutches and a medical boot for more than a week after going on the disabled list on July 2 with a broken foot. Varitek, who was seen taking swings in the cage, made it a point to say his recovery time is on schedule if not ahead of schedule at this point.

* Clay Buchholz is still scheduled to make is start tomorrow against the Yankees after he and his wife had their first child late last night. Buchholz will not be in the ballpark tonight, but will join the team tomorrow.


* Mike Cameron at this point is just receiving treatment after going on the 15-day disable list. He too will make the road trip.

* Bill and Alli Achtmeyer will throw out the first pitch tonight after winning the UNICEF contest.

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