"But I won, two out of three, and I won, 2-0. We both threw the scissors out in the second throw."
In truth, manager Terry Francona made the decision. Shortly after the game of Rock Paper Scissors, Mills told Baldelli he would enter the game in right field and Kotsay would play center.
The players seemed to have fun with it.
"Obviously, both of us don't really care where we play," Kotsay said. "And he actually won the right to play right, but the manager selected and made the final decision. I went paper and then rock and he beat me. He must have been in my head or something."
As for Ellsbury, the Red Sox hope he can return for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Following Sunday's game, Ellsbury stood in front of his locker, sporting a large bandage on his right elbow and another on his left palm.
"That dirt was so hard, I didn't even have a chance to make a divot," Ellsbury said of his fourth-inning diving, tumbling catch on the warning track in the center-field triangle, robbing Texas' Ian Kinsler of extra bases and ending the inning.
Ellsbury left the game before the sixth, with the diving catch a secondary factor. His slide into second base in the third, after Kinsler misplayed Ellsbury's hard grounder, scoring Jason Varitek and Kotsay for the Sox's first two runs, was the primary factor.
"I banged it up a little bit on the slide and tried to play through it," Ellsbury said. "Then [I] had that catch in the outfield, landed on my right shoulder, and I think I made it even worse from that. But I iced it up, and it's not feeling too good right now, but we have the off-day [Monday]. [I'll] get it looked at. I think it'll be fine."
According to Ellsbury, the trainers said he suffered a strain in the acromioclavicular or AC joint at the top of the shoulder.
Kotsay, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored, was happy with his first start, but would've preferred a victory.
"I had four at-bats previous to today [and went 0-for-4]," Kotsay said. "I just said, 'You try to get comfortable as quickly as possible and take good at-bats.' I had four previous at-bats and didn't have any results and fortunately, I had two results and two hits [today]. But they were pretty much meaningless [because] we didn't win."