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• On second thought, Jacoby Ellsbury probably shouldn't have played in Thursday's 7-4 walk-off loss to the Rays.

That's what Valentine told reporters before Friday night's tilt with the Orioles in which Ellsbury's name was not in the lineup, citing a "little situation" that the outfielder has been dealing with.

Valentine said he was unsure how to explain Ellsbury's latest injury, but "we're making sure it's nothing more than a little situation."

• With six of the Sox's last 11 games against the Orioles, Valentine was asked what it felt like to try to play spoiler in the opposition's run to an AL East title.

"I don't get a lot of glee out of other people's misery," the manager said, "but I want our team to play as well as they can in front of our fans, because this is their last homestand. They've given everything they've got every time they go out on the field. The guys have a lot of pride. We'll try to do our best."

• Daisuke Matsuzaka will have his next turn in the rotation skipped but will likely make one last start this season, Valentine said. Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook all figure to get two more.

• Dustin Pedroia was supposed to get Friday's game off, after arriving back to his Boston home (and newborn child) at 4 a.m. ET on Friday due to a long flight from Florida. But when Valentine suggested the idea, Pedroia wouldn't let it happen.

"That's Dustin," Valentine said. "You got to love him."

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 View Full Game Coverage 49; On second thought, Jacoby Ellsbury probably shouldn't have played in Thursday's 7-4 walk-off loss to the Rays.

That's what Valentine told reporters before Friday night's tilt with the Orioles in which Ellsbury's name was not in the lineup, citing a "little situation" that the outfielder has been dealing with.

Valentine said he was unsure how to explain Ellsbury's latest injury, but "we're making sure it's nothing more than a little situation."

• With six of the Sox's last 11 games against the Orioles, Valentine was asked what it felt like to try to play spoiler in the opposition's run to an AL East title.

"I don't get a lot of glee out of other people's misery," the manager said, "but I want our team to play as well as they can in front of our fans, because this is their last homestand. They've given everything they've got every time they go out on the field. The guys have a lot of pride. We'll try to do our best."

• Daisuke Matsuzaka will have his next turn in the rotation skipped but will likely make one last start this season, Valentine said. Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook all figure to get two more.

• Dustin Pedroia was supposed to get Friday's game off, after arriving back to his Boston home (and newborn child) at 4 a.m. ET on Friday due to a long flight from Florida. But when Valentine suggested the idea, Pedroia wouldn't let it happen.

"That's Dustin," Valentine said. "You got to love him."

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