Quick hits: Sox 10, Dodgers 6

June, 19, 2010
BOSTON -- Quick hits on the Red Sox's 10-6 win over the Dodgers:

Another downed outfielder

Right fielder J.D. Drew said he felt a “pop” in his right hamstring, according to manager Terry Francona, while gathering in Manny Ramirez’s third-inning line drive. Darnell McDonald hit for Drew in the bottom of the inning and replaced him in right field.

Francona said Drew will undergo an MRI on Saturday morning, but is hopeful he'll miss just a couple of days. Francona’s optimism on injuries hasn’t been rewarded often this season, so the Sox also have to be braced for the possibility that Drew could be headed to the disabled list.

The Sox already have used nine different starting outfielders this season. Up to this point, according to a club source, the team has not actively shopped for another outfielder, but if Drew is lost, the club may have little choice but to reach outside the organization.

Drew was hurt on the same night he hit his eighth home run, one that didn’t materialize until umpires reviewed replays of his drive to left field and ruled it had cleared the line marking a home run. Drew originally had stopped at second with a double.

There was some good news on the injured outfielder front. Jacoby Ellsbury, who is in Arizona resting and rehabbing his fractured ribs, is said to be making good progress, according to a source.

A winning debut

Felix Doubront, the 23-year-old left-hander from Venezuela, was rewarded with a win in his first big-league start, one in which his own fielding error spurred a three-run Dodger rally in the third inning, their only runs until the first four batters reached in the sixth, two scoring on James Loney’s single, before Doubront was lifted.

Some terrific work by Scott Atchison, who struck out a career-high five in three innings, helped make a winner of Doubront.

“I thought he held his poise very well,’’ Francona said of Doubront, while also throwing a bouquet to Atchison. “The way Atch pitched was exactly what we needed to win that game. His ball was as crisp as we’ve seen.’’

Doubront became the first Sox lefty to win his big-league debut since Vaughan Eshelman on May 2, 1995, in Yankee Stadium. Doubront said he didn’t go over a scouting report on the Dodgers. “I had nothing,’’ he said. [Jason Varitek] called the pitches, and I threw them.’’

To make room on the roster for Doubront, the Sox designated Boof Bonser for assignment before the game.

Belting Beltre

Adrian Beltre keyed Boston’s seven-run fifth with a Monster-clearing two-run home run, his 10th of the season, one more than he hit for Seattle in 2009.

“He’s been a force,’’ Francona said. “You can tell he feels good about himself. He’s just been a great player for us.’’

Great in a pinch

McDonald singled when he hit for Drew in the third. He’s now 5 for 6 as a pinch hitter.

Quote of the day

Terry Francona, asked before the game for his thoughts on Manny Ramirez’s return:

“Our day is set up to beat the Dodgers. I’m not the guy at the turnstiles welcoming people into town.’’

Williams College intern Daniel Pesquera contributed to this report.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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