Jacoby Ellsbury came up with three hits to go along with his franchise-record 55th stolen base last night as the Boston Red Sox went on to rally past the Chicago White Sox 6-3. “It’s pretty exciting to think about, with all the great Red Sox players that have played before me,” said Ellsbury. “The big thing with this club is, if you steal you have to succeed at a high rate. As long as they trust you to run, you’d better steal at a high rate.”
Boston and Chicago were tied up until the bottom of the eighth inning when Jason Bay homered to left, followed by a pair of hits from Victor Martinez and Ellsbury. From there Jonathon Papelbon closed the game up in usual fashion, notching his 30th save of the season. Papelbon, who voiced to the press earlier that the bullpen didn’t need any changes is now excited to work with set-up man Billy Wagner.
Wagner was just recently traded to the Sox for two minor league prospects to be named. The longtime closer is coming back from reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. He hopes to be closing again somewhere next season, but for now he has chosen to add depth to the Sox set up team for Papelbon.
“I think the biggest thing is he’s going to bring some competitiveness to the ballclub, not just to the ballclub, but to the bullpen,” Papelbon said. “Hopefully, he will help us in that stretch run towards a championship. I know the only reason he’s coming over here is to win a championship, and that’s something everybody’s on board with.”
Boston will host the White Sox again tonight at 7:10 pm. Red Sox veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is set to make his return on the mound after sitting on the DL with lower back issues.
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