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With Coco Crisp out with a thumb injury, and Joel Pineiro headed to the DL, the Red Sox called up 23 year-old centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to play centerfield. Ellsbury contributed an infield single in his second plate appearance but had a ball hit off the centerfield wall bounce over his head. No damage as it didn't impact the ultimate scoring. Ellsbury, the Sox top 2005 pick and number-one rated prospect coming into 2007, was one of Theo Epstein's success stories to date.
Meanwhile, Jon Lester got a win with five innings of two run baseball for Pawtucket, and Clay Buchholz worked five scoreless innings for Portland tonight. Will Buchholz (1.69 ERA) move up to Pawtucket?
Pedestrian. Mundane. Ordinary. Uninspiring. None of the seasons above shout out, "take me". Well, the statistics above belong to Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon, and Bronson Arroyo. Yes, these represent snapshots, not finished products, but still.
Player E has less than half as many at bats as the above, so I've 'adjusted' his statistics up by doubling them. Nothing spectacular here either, you say. Of course, the Weapon of Mass Production (Wily Mo Pena) is still only 24 years old, and doesn't get regular playing time.