08:16 AM ET 10.02 | Without injured Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox lineup against the Yankees on Monday suggested that the team really was limping to the finish. "Ells hasn't played in a long time," said [Bobby Valentine], referencing another recent injury that was treated like classified material. "We've got the left-hander out there, a big outfield. He'll play the next two days, hopefully, if he's feeling good." Wow. Either the medical staff was being ultra-cautious or Valentine was telegraphing his own opinion about Ellsbury's durability and toughness because there is no way the Red Sox could say, with a straight face, they were trying to a) win [Monday] night's game in New York by b) putting out their best lineup.