Worth noting

Worth noting

• Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. Manager Bobby Valentine didn't elaborate on Ellsbury's nagging injury, saying only that it's a "throwing issue."

Ellsbury had been slated to lead off and play center field, but after making some warmup throws, he decided he needed another day of rest.

• John Lackey pitched two shutout innings against Instructional League hitters in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday, striking out three and allowing no baserunners in his first competitive action of 2012. Lackey, who underwent Tommy John surgery last October, is expected to be ready for the 2013 season.

• The Red Sox recalled outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket before Sunday's game. Valentine, asked about Lin on Friday, said there isn't a dire need for an extra outfielder, but with Ellsbury ailing and Ryan Kalish likely done for the year, Lin, who started the year with the Red Sox before hitting .247 in a full season in Pawtucket, will provide depth.

• Valentine was asked why he appears to smell the baseball at times when he makes visits to the mound.

"That's funny, I do smell it," Valentine said. "What am I doing? I asked myself that once, while I was doing it. I like it. I like the smell of it. Must be the [Delaware River] mud mixed in with that Taiwanese leather. I don't know why I do it. ... It's kind of stupid."

• Sunday marked the last day game at home for the Red Sox for 2012, a season in which they've gone 20-24 during the afternoon, compared with 48-60 at night. Prior to the game, the Sox (68-85) were 21 games behind the American League East-leading Yankees (88-63), a season-high.