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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Miller set to return to Yankees 07.08.15 at 8:05 am ET
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MLB: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)


— Two key Yankees players — both former Red Soxare expected back in uniform Wednesday night, just in time to get in some work before the team travels to Fenway Park for a weekend series with the charging Sox.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller are due to be activated off the disabled list before New York’s game against the visiting A’s.

Ellsbury, hitting .324 with a .412 on-base percentage in 37 games, has been out of action since May 20 with a sprained right knee. He rehabbed with Single-A Tampa for a few days until Monday, then he participated in simulated game activities to get ready for his return to the majors.

“It’s going to be huge,” teammate Alex Rodriguez said of Ellsbury’s return.

Miller, who has a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings and is perfect in 17 save opportunities this season, was recovering from a strained left forearm that took him out of action June 10. He pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, allowing two hits but no runs and striking out one while throwing just nine pitches.

“I felt crisp and sharp warming up and being in the game,” said Miller, who threw additional pitches in the bullpen after his inning. “I think it was what I needed to see.”

The Yankees, who dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to the A’s on Tuesday night, remain in first place in the tight AL East, but their lead over the last-place Red Sox is down to five games.

— The Women’s World Cup champion U.S. soccer team began its victory tour Tuesday with a celebration in Los Angeles, as a crowd estimated at 10,000 cheered the players during a rally downtown.

“It feels great to wake up as a world champion, and that feeling won’t ever get old,” leading scorer Carli Lloyd said.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury heads to DL after spraining knee 05.20.15 at 8:04 am ET
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MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal vs. Sunderland, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


— It’s been a surprisingly successful season for the Yankees, who were not expected to do much but are tied for first place in the American League East at 22-18. However, they’ve lost six of their last seven games, and after Tuesday’s extra-inning loss to the Nationals (video below), leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Ellsbury, who leads the team with a .327 batting average, sprained his right knee while batting in the fourth inning. He remained in the game to draw a walk and advance to second on a ground out, but that’s when manager Joe Girardi went out for a visit with the team trainer.

Recounted Girardi: “I said, ‘Are you in a lot of pain?’ He said, ‘No, not really.’ I said, ‘Can you run?’ He said, ‘Let me see, let me get through this inning and let me see.’ When he got in the dugout, we just said, ‘That’€™s it.’ ”

The Yankees are calling up former first-round draft pick Slade Heathcott to replace the oft-injured Ellsbury, who managed to play 149 games in 2014, his first season in the Bronx after leaving the Red Sox as a free agent.

“It’s not what you want,” Girardi said. “If we are going to lose him for some time, somebody’s got to step up. That’s the bottom line. It’s part of the game.”

— Coming off the worst season in franchise history — with the league’s second-worst record — the Knicks continue to have bad luck. New York dropped to the fourth position in the 2015 NBA draft at the draft lottery Tuesday night.

The Timberwolves, owners of the league’s worst record, will pick first, followed by the Lakers and 76ers. The Knicks, who won two games in the final week of the season to allow Minnesota to finish with a worse record, had a 19.9 percent chance of getting the top pick.

“I was disappointed because we obviously wanted to get No. 1,” said general manager Steve Mills, who represented the team at the lottery. “But it was not a total disappointment because we knew we were going to get a good player wherever we ended up in our range in this draft. We feel really good about four. We feel good that at this draft we could have gotten a good player anywhere from one to five. We went into this optimistic and we remain the same way.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury ‘can’t worry’ about reaction he’ll receive at Fenway Park 04.22.14 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Flyers, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Chelsea at Atletico Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


Jacoby Ellsbury makes his return to Fenway Park on Tuesday as a member of the Yankees, and Johnny Damon, who was in a similar situation eight years ago, says the boos the outfielder will hear will be good for him.

“It’s going to be great for Ellsbury to go back,” Damon told the New York Post. “The fact that almost everybody will be booing will make it easier. That would be tougher on certain individuals, but the good thing about him is that he plays hard.”

Damon left Boston in 2006, apparently unwanted by Red Sox management despite helping Boston end its 86-year title drought in 2004, and signed with the Yankees. In his first game back at Fenway, he turned the boos into cheers (at least partly) when he stopped and tipped his helmet to the crowd before his first at-bat.

“I knew all the fans weren’t booing,” Damon said. “I did a lot of things there. I brought a different attitude to the clubhouse and helped with a championship. To those who were booing, the hell with them.”

Ellsbury said he hasn’t been thinking about the reaction he’ll receive, although he’s well aware of how “passionate” Red Sox fans are.

“We will see what happens when the time comes,” Ellsbury said. “You can’t think about what they are going to do. In this game you can only focus on what you can do. You can’t worry about the other stuff you can’t control. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life.”

— The Knicks began their rebuild under new team president Phil Jackson when they fired coach Mike Woodson and his assistants on Monday.

The Knicks, expected to compete for one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference this season, went 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

Jackson noted in a statement that “blame should not be put on one individual,” but added that “the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build the team for next season and beyond.”

Woodson, who finished third in NBA Coach of the Year balloting last season after New York went 54-28, ends his Knicks career with a .580 winning percentage, ranking him third in franchise history behind Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy.

TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago, has been rumored to be the leading candidate.

“It’s going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around,” Kerr said Monday during his SiriusXM NBA Radio show. “I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes.”

— ESPN football analyst Keyshawn Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery early Monday morning after a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters.

Johnson, 41, was released shortly after 9 a.m. after posting $20,000 bail.

An ESPN spokesman said the network was aware of the incident and was “looking into it.”

Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 1996 draft by the Jets, played for the Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers as part of his 11-year NFL career before retiring in 2006.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 22, 1993, which Mariners pitcher walked the first two Red Sox batters of the game but went on to pitch a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in Seattle?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jacoby Ellsbury not concerned about slow start with Yankees 03.14.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UMass vs. George Washington, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Florida State vs. Virginia, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois vs. Michigan, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. St. Bonaventure, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s vs. Dayton, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: South Carolina vs. Tennessee, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee vs. Tulsa, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: VCU vs. Richmond, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: N.C. State vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iowa State vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Clemson vs. Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cincinnati vs. UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego State vs. UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Texas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. Xavier, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: New Mexico vs. Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA vs. Stanford, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cal State Northridge vs. Long Beach State, midnight (ESPNU)
NHL: Predators at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Minnesota at Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Astros, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Diamondbacks at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


— With the Yankees signing Japanese standout Masahiro Tanaka, and with Derek Jeter announcing this will be his final season, it’s allowed $153 million free agent Jacoby Ellsbury to avoid the spotlight in spring training.

That’s a good thing, because the former Red Sox outfielder is struggling out of the gate, with just three hits in 20 at-bats, a .150 batting average. He did hit a home run Thursday, in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies.

Ellsbury is one of a few free agents acquired by the Yankees this offseason, along with Tanaka, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts, allowing the attention to be divided.

“With the people we brought in, it’s spread around,” manager Joe Girardi said (via the New York Daily News). “With [Jeter’s announcement], it’s spread around, so it’s probably worked out to [Ellsbury’s] advantage. Replay has helped, collisions at home plate have helped; there’s been a lot to talk about this spring.”

Ellsbury said he’s aware that if he starts this slow when the games are for real next month, it will be more difficult to avoid criticism. He said his experience with the Red Sox has prepared him well.

“In Boston the expectation is to win. Same thing here,” he said. “That’s really all I know. The media is going to ask you questions win or lose and you’re going to have to answer them.

“That’s all I know. If I came from a smaller organization it might be an eye-opener, but that’s not the case.”

Added Ellsbury: “You understand it comes with the territory. That’€™s the passion the New York fans have. I enjoy that the fans care. As players, we expect a lot of ourselves. From that standpoint, nothing really changes.”

Ellsbury will return to Fenway Park on April 22 when the Yankees pay their first visit of the season.

“It’s going to be exciting,” he said. “I enjoy those moments; I thrive in them.

“I don’t know what to expect and I’m not looking that far forward, but I’m looking forward to going there.”

— The ACC is finalizing a plan to play its conference tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for two years starting in 2017, according to a Sports Illustrated report.

The tournament is being held in Greensboro, N.C., this month, and will return there next year, followed by a year in Washington.

With the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame this season, joining Boston College, the league has been rumored for some time to be looking to take the tournament north and capitalize in the New York media market.

— With the NCAA tournament approaching, Real Clear Sports has the top 10 facts that will help you win your bracket pool.

The top fact: Go with the top seeds. No. 1 seeds account for 40 percent of Final Four teams since 1979, and a No. 1 seed has reached the Final Four every year since 1981 except twice (2006, 2011). However, you should have some variety, as 26 times since 1979 the Final Four has included three different seeds.

Another tip: Avoid 7 seeds. No. 7s have a good success rate in their first game, but no No. 7 has made it past the Elite Eight.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 14, 1944, which Bruin recorded two assists in a 6-4 victory over the visiting Blackhawks and set an NHL single-season scoring record with 75 points?

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2013, No. 9: Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Red Sox to sign with Yankees 12.24.13 at 9:14 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, will count down the top 13 stories of 2013 in Boston sports. This is No. 9: Jacoby Ellsbury leaves Red Sox to sign with Yankees. To see the previous entries, click here.

Just over a month after picking up his second World Series ring with the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury swapped out the uniform he has worn since 2007 for a set of pinstripes.

The center fielder, whom the Red Sox picked up in the first round of the 2005 draft, became the 14th-highest-paid player in baseball on Dec. 3 when he agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees. Ellsbury’€™s agreement also included the option for an eighth season that would make his deal worth $169 million.

The Sox reportedly let Ellsbury know early on that they had no intention of coming close to his asking price or contract length.

“I’€™m excited to be a New York Yankee,’€ Ellsbury said during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 13. ‘€œDefinitely very excited for my family and I. I know [my wife] Kelsey is excited to be here. You guys have treated me so great, all day. I’€™m very appreciative.

“I’€™m excited for this opportunity, coming to a storied franchise. Looking outside today, seeing the banners on the wall, seeing the great players that have played here, this is a truly honor. … It’€™s an honor and I’€™m excited to go out there. Can’€™t wait to get to spring training, get to work, meet my teammates. And hopefully when it’€™s all said and done, we can hoist that trophy above our head. With that being said, I’€™m excited to be here.”

In seven seasons with the Sox, Ellsbury had a .297/.350/.439 line. The leadoff hitter’€™s best year came in 2011 when he had career numbers for games played (158), RBIs (105), home runs (32) and OPS (.928).

During his final year with the Sox, Ellsbury led the league with 52 steals while putting up a .298/.355/.426 line with nine home runs and 53 RBIs. He went on to hit .344 during the playoffs.

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LEEInks List: Devastating injuries to Boston athletes in past decade 02.12.13 at 11:51 am ET
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It’s been a rough few weeks for the Celtics. First it was Rajon Rondo going down with a season-ending ACL tear. Then Jared Sullinger was lost for the season with a back issue that will require surgery. Now, Leandro Barbosa appears to have suffered a serious knee injury in Monday night’s loss to the Bobcats that ended Boston’s seven-game winning streak.

Where do the C’s go from here? The team can take one of two paths. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge could stick with the team he has minus Rondo, Sullinger and Barbosa, maybe make a couple of small upgrades before the trade deadline, and hope for an unlikely long playoff run. Some are pushing for Ainge to “blow up” the team, make a significant trade or two (possibly involving career-long Celtic Paul Pierce or the emotional team leader Kevin Garnett) and look toward the organization’s future. This might lead to the team missing out on the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season (the year before the C’s acquired Garnett and Ray Allen).

Whatever Ainge, Doc Rivers and the organization decide to do, it seems that these injuries — especially to the All-Star Rondo — are a crushing blow to the team’s already slim chances at a deep playoff run.

This certainly isn’t the only time a Boston team has been bitten bad by the injury bug. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most devastating injuries affecting Boston sports teams in the last 10 years.

10. Patriots, 2005 — Rodney Harrison suffers season-ending knee injury

By 2005, Harrison was a 12-year NFL veteran, slightly old and injury-prone. In a Week 3 matchup vs. the Steelers, the safety tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and was done for the season. To add to that, offensive lineman Matt Light also was lost for the season during the same game. Harrison was the team’s veteran leader in the secondary and his absence was costly. The Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC divisional round that postseason.

9. Red Sox, 2010 — Jacoby Ellsbury misses majority of season with multiple issues

Injuries decimated the Red Sox at a historic pace in 2010, as 19 players combined for 24 stints on the disabled list, and many of them were key players on the roster. Ellsbury had three of those 24 stints. In April, Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day DL after colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre and injuring his ribs. Ellsbury came back at the end of May but re-injured the ribs and went back on the disabled list. Again, Ellsbury rejoined the Red Sox in the beginning of August, but after a week and a half, Ellsbury was done for the season.

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Top Stories of 2011, No. 6: Jacoby Ellsbury’s MVP-caliber season 12.26.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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For the final 10 days of 2011, will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. Our next entry in the countdown is No. 6: Jacoby Ellsbury’s MVP-caliber season.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NBA lockout
No. 9: NFL lockout
No. 8: Celtics’ playoff loss to Heat
No. 7: Patriots’ acquisitions of Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco

Throughout Red Sox spring training in March, there was plenty of buzz surrounding center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. After a 2010 season in which Ellsbury played in just 18 games due to five broken ribs, there were questions about whether Ellsbury could ever return to his pre-injury form, whether he was a capable leadoff hitter, and even whether he was fully devoted to the team.

But Ellsbury said he had no concerns about his ability to come back following an injury-truncated season.

‘€œI’€™m not worried,’€ Ellsbury said of his health. ‘€œI’€™m not worried at all. It’€™s not like I’€™m coming off a major surgery or anything like that. If anything, [the ribs] should be stronger.

‘€œAnytime you break something and let it heal, it will be stronger.’€

And so, like his healed ribs, Ellsbury set about proving he too would heal from 2010 and come back stronger.

The 28-year-old had a strong spring training. He hit .355 with a .385 on-base percentage and a .565 slugging percentage. He also showed some pop, knocking out three home runs in his 20 spring training games.

But his Florida success did not translate into April triumphs. Ellsbury, like the Red Sox team in general, struggled at the beginning of the season. He was batting in the leadoff spot for the first six games of the year, when the Red Sox were winless and Ellsbury collected just four hits in 24 at-bats.

Then, Ellsbury dropped to the bottom of the order for the next few weeks. At first, he still struggled to get on base in the eighth or ninth spot in the order, but then the hits started coming.

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Top 10 of 2011: Boston Athletes of the Year 12.22.11 at 5:10 pm ET
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Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was an obvious choice for WEEI’s 2011 Sportsman of the Year. With the veteran leading the team to its first Stanley Cup title since 1972 after a standout regular season, he stood above all other candidates.

That being the case, plenty of other Boston athletes deserve praise for memorable 2011 seasons in which records were broken, awards were won and individual performances were etched in fans’ memories. So, we present our list of the Top 10 Boston Athletes of 2011.

10. Keegan Bradley, PGA

A Vermont native who graduated from Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts, Bradley burst onto the scene in 2011 with his shocking victory at the PGA Championship, leading to his being named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Bradley beat Jason Dufner in a playoff at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Aug. 14 and became only the third man to win a major on his first try.

9. Geoffrey Mutai, Boston Marathon

Sure, it’s only of passing interest to many Boston sports fans, but the best individual performance of 2011 might have been Mutai’s victory in Boston on April 18. The 29-year-old Kenyan not only shattered the Boston Marathon course record by almost three minutes, he ran the fastest marathon in history, blazing to the tape in 2:03:02. Mutai would go to win the New York City Marathon in November, also setting a course record there.

8. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox

The Red Sox’ biggest offseason acquisition came to town with high expectations, and he did not disappoint. Gonzalez was a force throughout the season, abusing the Green Monster like he’€™d been hitting at Fenway his entire life and reminding Red Sox fans of the value of having a strong defensive presence at first base. Aside from home runs (27), he posted career highs in almost every other major offensive statistic, finishing the season with a league-best 213 hits, a .338 average, a .410 on-base percentage, a .548 slugging percentage and 117 RBIs. He received a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for his efforts.

7. Rajon Rondo, Celtics

He might not be part of the Big Three, but Rondo is becoming the driving force for the Celtics offense and defense. That was evident last season, when the All-Star and NBA All-Defensive first-teamer averaged a double-double with 10.6 points and a career-high 11.2 assists a game while averaging 37.2 minutes (also a career high). Rondo was spectacular when it mattered, recording a triple-double (including a franchise-record 20 assists) in a Game 3 victory over the Knicks in the playoff’s opening round. In the second round against the Heat, he dislocated his left elbow during Game 3 but dramatically returned to the game and, barely using his injured left arm, managed to spark the C’s to their only victory of the series.

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LEEInks List: Memorable Red Sox September call-ups 09.10.11 at 7:48 am ET
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Every year on the first day of September, Major League Baseball rosters expand to 40, giving prospects a chance to make a name for themselves with the big club. Over the last 25 years, the Red Sox have had countless youngsters join the team and create either an opening chapter for a lasting legacy or just a brief glimpse into the type of player they might have been.

While this year’s candidates have yet to make an impact, here are 10 of the most memorable late-season Red Sox call-ups over the last 25 years, listed in chronological order.

Jody Reed, 1987

Long before there was Dustin Pedroia, there was Reed, another 5-foot-9, scrappy second baseman. Reed made his debut with the Red Sox in September 1987 and went 3-for-6 with two RBIs in his first start. His hot bat extended throughout his late-season stint, when he hit .300 with eight RBIs in nine games. Reed’s time as a call-up foreshadowed what would be a successful rookie campaign in 1988, when Reed hit .293 and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting while also helping the team to a division title. Reed, lost to the Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft (and then immediately traded to the Dodgers), lasted 11 seasons in the majors and now serves as the manager of the Dodgers’ rookie league team in Arizona.

Dwayne Hosey, 1995

In September of 1995, the Red Sox were looking to supplement the struggling outfield bats of Lee Tinsley and Willie McGee when they promoted Hosey to the big club. The switch-hitter lit it up at the plate, hitting .338 that September with three home runs and a 1.026 OPS. Hosey’€™s hot September helped him earn a spot on the team’€™s postseason roster, but the center fielder failed to perform on the bigger stage. He did not have a hit in 12 plate appearances against the Indians in the ALDS, and the Red Sox were swept out of the playoffs. Hosey’s career with the Sox was short-lived — he was traded to Texas in 1996 and released by the Rangers without ever having played a game for them. Hosey now is the batting coach for the Brewers’ Single-A team in Brevard County, Fla., and it looks like he could give dance lessons as well.

Nomar Garciaparra, 1996

Nomar made his Red Sox debut on Aug. 31, 1996, in the seventh inning of a game against the Athletics as a defensive replacement. The next day, Nomar hit a home run for his first major league hit and proceeded to go 3-for-5, scoring two runs and knocking in two. Nomar had multi-hit games in seven of his 22 starts and played so well in the field that he displaced the shortstop at the time, John Valentin, who moved over to third base. Nomar continued on to become a fan favorite in Boston and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1997. After 14 seasons in the majors and a career .313 batting average, he retired after the 2009 season.

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Top stories of 2010, No. 7: Red Sox derailed by injuries 12.25.10 at 10:51 am ET
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For the final 10 days of 2010, will count down the top 10 stories of the year. In what was a memorable 12 months for all four of Boston’s major professional teams, there was a plethora of compelling storylines. Our next entry in the countdown is No. 7: The Red Sox‘ injury-plagued lost season.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: Kevin Garnett’s return to form
No. 9: The Patriots’ playoff meltdown vs. the Ravens
No. 8: The Marc Savard-Matt Cooke incident and aftermath

Also, make sure to cast your vote in’s poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

The 2010 Red Sox season was supposed to be predicated on two traits: pitching and defense. All offseason long, Theo Epstein raved about those qualities as the team signed Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron and John Lackey while letting Jason Bay sign with the Mets.

There was only one problem with Epstein’€™s plan. He could not have factored in the most important characteristic of the 2010 squad: injured, early and often.

Within the first two weeks of the season, the Red Sox already had suffered their first casualties of the season when two-thirds of their outfield went on the disabled list. Things would only get worse, as the team lost three starting pitchers to the DL, four catchers were sidelined and two of the most reliable and productive members of the lineup, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis, missed large parts of the season.

Things became so bad that they were almost laughable. The Red Sox led the league in total trips to the DL with 23, and finished fourth overall with over 1,050 games lost to the DL and more than $20 million lost due to injury. Their 89-73 record look that much more impressive considering the Red Sox lost most of their most important players rather than just a slew of no-names.

Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka each missed five or more starts and those in the bullpen suffered myriad injuries. Victor Martinez missed just 23 games on the disabled list, a relative victory for a team of the walking injured. A torn thumb muscle forced Youkilis to ride the pine for over 60 games and Pedroia’€™s broken foot kept him out for more than half the season. Cameron, the most disappointing of the new acquisitions, managed just 162 at-bats. But the biggest exemplar of all the injuries and frustration of the 2010 season was Jacoby Ellsbury.

With Cameron’€™s addition, Ellsbury was supposed to take over left field duties and potentially become an even scarier threat on the base paths. The 26-year-old, who had led the league in steals in back-to-back seasons with 120 combined steals, was drawing very favorable praise during spring training.

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