Mood is light in Sox clubhouse
BALTIMORE -- I've only been around this team a little under a week, but the players were in the best mood I've seen them in since joining the team. The pregame highlight was infielder Nick Green having a mishap while cutting his hair.
This caused a gaggle of players and coaches in the bathroom surrounding Green -- a la a barbershop -- as they cleaned up his hair, which looked a little like a cropped bowl cut when he emerged. "This is what brings teams together -- bad haircuts!" Kevin Youkilis said.
Green took off his hat during stretches and got a round of applause.
Other notes from pregame ...
Jacoby Ellsbury was in the lineup and playing center field. Manager Terry Francona said in his pregame meeting with reporters that Ellsbury was stretching his groin -- which he tweaked stealing his 62nd base of the season on Friday night -- during the game and when he arrived on Saturday he was fit to play.
"He came here early and got some treatment,"Francona said. "He feels good."
In other injury news, Tim Wakefield reported no setbacks from his 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday at Camden Yards, and will pitch Monday in Kansas City.
"He's OK,"Francona said. "Wake did pretty good."
Jason Bay was originally in Saturday's lineup, playing left field and hitting sixth. But Francona later took him out, with Bay still feeling sick from flu-like symptoms. Bay looked pale and much weaker in the clubhouse before the game than he had the night before. Josh Reddick replaced him in left field and took J.D. Drew's eighth spot in the lineup. Drew is now hitting sixth, in Bay's spot.
Here are a couple of leftover notes from our research department, courtesy of Matthew Willis ...
Buchholz won last night despite not having command of most of his pitches. His outing last night -- in which he only allowed a run in six innings -- marked the seventh straight time Boston has won when Buchholz has pitched.
The last time Boston won at least seven straight starts by a pitcher 25 or younger was 1984-85, when they won nine straight starts by Roger Clemens, who turned 22 during the stretch.
And look at these numbers: