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Strasburg will have pitch count next year

Ellsbury first 30-30 guy for Boston

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit two home runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees, giving him 30 for the season and making him the first player in Red Sox history to have at least 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season. The two RBI gave the leadoff batter 100. "It's not the best time, but I should brag about it," said Red Sox Manager Terry Francona, whose team has collapsed in September. "That's an amazing feat."

Thome plays third for last time

If Jim Thome is retiring, he made his last appearance in Cleveland as a third baseman. The 41-year-old took the position for one pitch in the ninth inning during Sunday's game against Minnesota. Thome got a standing ovation as a pinch hitter in the eighth. When he walked, the crowd booed Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins. Fans then stood and cheered to start the ninth as Thome went to third base — where he started his big league career in 1991. He had not played there since Sept. 29, 1996.

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be on an innings limit next season as he continues his comeback from reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow.

"I've already calculated it, semi-calculated it, in my mind with our medical staff and our pitching people," General Manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday. "We've already discussed it."

Rizzo didn't say what Strasburg's limit will be.

"We're still at the beginning of that process. We want to find out how he feels at the end of the season and where he's at. We'll calculate it and see what's a comfortable amount for him."

Strasburg had his ligament-replacement operation in September 2010, then returned to the majors this September. He is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, zero walks and 14 strikeouts in 18 innings heading into the fifth start of his comeback Wednesday at the Florida Marlins on the last day of the regular season.

Short hops

■ Twins left fielder and Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. He went 1-for-5 with a run and two RBI in a 6-4 win over the Indians.

■ The Twins won Sunday for only the third time in 22 games. They have 98 losses with three games left and cannot tie the 1982 club for the worst record (60-102) since the franchise moved to Minnesota 50 years ago.

■ Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz (1-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings in a 10-6 loss to the Tigers. Assuming he doesn't pitch again this year, Matusz will finish with a 10.69 ERA, a record high for a pitcher with at least 40 innings in a season, according to STATS LLC. Roy Halladay had a 10.64 ERA for Toronto in 2000.

■ Mariners ace Felix Hernandez said he's OK a day after taking a liner off his forearm in his last scheduled start of the season. When asked when he'd be able to throw again, Hernandez said, "I don't need to throw anymore."

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