NEW YORK -- A few quick hits from Yankee Stadium, where Yankees manager Joe Girardi endured a barrage of questions before Tuesday night’s game about why he’s keeping Derek Jeter in the No. 2 hole in the lineup, even though the 40-year-old captain has posted a .175/.190/.390/.580 slash line over his last nine games.
• Girardi, answering the same question in a variety of ways, said if everyone else in the Yankees’ lineup was hitting, maybe he’d make a change. But since that isn’t the case, Jeter (7-for-40, one extra-base hit) is staying put.
• Tearing it up has been Jacoby Ellsbury, batting .469 (15-for-32) with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs in that span. Ellsbury is returning to the starting lineup after sitting out the last two games (he had a pinch single on Sunday). After spending much of the season batting third, Ellsbury has hit leadoff in his last seven starts. His OPS in the No. 1 spot is almost 200 percentage points higher than in the No. 3 hole (.926 to .728).
• Ellsbury is coming off what was easily his best month of the season, posting a .324/.366/.539/.905 slash line in August.
• Dustin Pedroia, who is still experiencing concussive symptoms, is now all but certain to be kept out of the Yankees series.
“Yesterday when he tried some activity, he didn’t feel quite right,’’ manager John Farrell said of Pedroia, who evidently did a little work in the batting cage. “I say that only because it’s hard for me to categorize or specifically define what he’s feeling.
“There are some inconsistencies with his sleep. These are symptoms consistent with a concussion, and we have to be cautious with this, go day to day.’’
• Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, as expected, was recalled from Pawtucket and will start against the Yankees Wednesday night. Ranaudo made his major league debut against the Yankees on Aug. 1 in Fenway Park and earned his first big-league win, checking the Yankees on four hits and two runs in six innings.
• Also recalled was catcher Daniel Butler, who is still looking for his first big-league hit after going hitless in 11 at-bats during a brief call-up last month. Brandon Workman will be called up to start against the Bombers on Thursday night.
• When rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was optioned back to Pawtucket on Aug. 17, Farrell expressed confidence that Bradley would be back in September.
“Nothing has changed,’’ Farrell said Tuesday.
In his 14 games with the PawSox after his demotion, Bradley posted a .212/.246/.273/.519 slash line. With the PawSox scheduled to begin a semifinal playoff series Wednesday at home against Syracuse, it appears Bradley will remain with the team for the time being.
“The reports have been mixed,’’ Farrell said. “There have been days he has executed in between the lines as he’s been working on [adjustments]. Still a work in progress.’’
• The Red Sox have no plans to play Mooke Betts in the infield the rest of the season, Farrell said. After converting Betts to the outfield earlier this summer, Farrell said the Sox want to keep him there and that to do otherwise would be too disruptive.
• Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is scheduled to play five innings Wednesday for Double-A Portland as the Sea Dogs open their Eastern League semifinal in Binghamton, N.Y.
• In 18 starts since the July 31 trading deadline, former Sox pitchers Jake Peavy, Jon Lester and John Lackey are a combined 8-6 with a 3.34 ERA, 96 strikeouts and 28 walks in 110 1/3 innings. Sox starters in that span are 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 77 walks in 168 1/3 innings.