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Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30

Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30
--RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 47 pitches during a Wednesday afternoon bullpen session after throwing long toss from 200 feet. Matsuzaka has been on the disabled since April 15 with a slight strain in his right shoulder but appears to be destined for a rehab stint in the minor leagues after another bullpen session on Saturday. Manager Terry Francona suggested that it might take more than one rehab start before Matsuzaka is ready for a return to Boston's rotation, so Dice-K might not return until mid-May at the earliest.

--RHP Jonathan Papelbon didn't express any anxiety or worry despite having to exert extra effort to earn some of his five saves this season. The 28-year-old has a 1.93 ERA in nine games, hasn't blown a save and is holding batters to a .229 batting average -- but he's also averaging 20.7 pitches per inning. That's five more pitches per inning than his average over the last three seasons as Boston's closer. "I'm doing my job. So as long as I'm doing my job and preserving leads, that's what I got to do," Papelbon told the Boston Globe.

--RHP Devern Hansack agreed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox after he was placed on unconditional release waivers back on April 22 to make room for OF Jeff Bailey on the 40-man roster. Hansack suffered an injury to his right shoulder while pitching at Class AAA Pawtucket earlier this season and will rehab the injury at Sox extended spring training in Fort Myers. Hansack is 2-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 24 1/3 innings pitched for the Sox over the last three seasons.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4:21 -- Exact time of game on both April 24 (11 innings) and April 25 (nine innings) during a lengthy pair of typical rivalry games between the Red Sox and Yankees.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Guys were fired up. That usually happens when I steal a base, steal second. But nothing like stealing home. It was pretty exciting for me when I was running down the line from third to home. Everything felt like it was happening in slow motion." -- OF Jacoby Ellsbury, talking about Sunday's first "straight steal of home" for the Red Sox in 15 years.

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Added: April 30, 2009

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