Ellsbury gets a planned day off

BALTIMORE — Manager John Farrell said Jacoby Ellsbury being out of the lineup was planned and that the Red Sox intended from the start to play him every other day.

Ellsbury is scheduled to play all nine innings on Sunday.


• Just a day off for David Ortiz. Wonder if that would be the case if he still had 29 home runs?

• The Red Sox want to see Junichi Tazawa, Matt Thornton, Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront out of the bullpen over the next two days.

• How long Jon Lester pitches tonight and John Lackey tomorrow will hinge on the significance of the games.


• The Red Sox have a variety of lefty relievers to pick from for their postseason roster. Craig Breslow is obviously on the team. But Doubront, Thornton and Franklin Morales are under varying degrees of consideration. The opponent in the Division Series will help determine that, Farrell said.

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