NEW YORK -- Except for a brief interlude when Mike Cameron played center field, the Red Sox have gone better than a decade without a center fielder who had a strong arm. Johnny Damon had a weak arm, and so did Jacoby Ellsbury.
Those days are over, at least for as long as rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. holds on to the center-field job. On Sunday night, Bradley cut down Ellsbury trying to advance to third base on Alfonso Soriano’s lineout to center, and the double play negated what would have been a run, as Ellsbury was retired before Carlos Beltran crossed the plate.
Bradley would later make two strong throws from the outfield wall to second base, narrowly missing two other runners.
“I figured he would try,’’ Bradley said of Ellsbury’s ill-advised attempt to go to third. “I don’t know why. He’s already in scoring position. But I was going to take full advantage of making that throw to third, and I’m glad we got him out before the run crossed the plate.’’
Does Bradley think Ellsbury might think twice before trying it again?
“I think so,’’ he said. “I want him to run. I want to throw. So I hope they keep running.’’