The Boston Red Sox are in the midst of an impressive run that has helped the organization end the month of August with a bang and start September with a victory. Boston will enter Labor Day having won seven of their last eight games overall after capping off a three game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
In the 7-6 victory however, both Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury were banged up, yet fortunately for Red Sox fans, neither are considered to be serious. Ellsbury suffered a swollen left thumb in the victory, but according to early reports he fully expects to be in the Boston lineup on Monday afternoon as the team prepares to play host to the Detroit Tigers.
Victorino on the other hand is listed as day-to-day after suffering a left hip contusion. It remains unclear at this time if Victorino will play on Monday or get some time off. The fact that the injury is not considered to be anything serious is a good sign for the Red Sox, simply considering the value that Victorino has provided during his first season in Boston.
While the Red Sox are fresh off one of their best weeks of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays have been slipping and Boston has now given themselves quite a bit of breathing room atop the AL East. Heading into the Labor Day holiday, Boston currently holds a 5.5 game lead over the second place Rays — one of their largest such advantages of the season.