Sunday July 11, 2010 | 09:37 AM

The Red Sox (50-37) remain five games behind the New York Yankees (55-32) because John Lackey has yet to get into a groove.

Boston goes against Toronto and struggling Jesse Litsch (0-3, 7.30) today. The Blue Jays' bullpen is spent. Boston will likely need bullpen help today with the unpredictable one, Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-3, 4.71), on the mound. One option in long relief may be Felix Doubront.

In today's baseball column, we look at Casey Kelly. His numbers (1-4, 5.45) are not impressive, but he is developing just fine. If Boston wanted dominating numbers, they would have kept him in Class A with other 20-year-olds with similar experience.

Jacoby Ellsbury is obviously upset with the Red Sox medical staff. But I don't know what good will come out of his comments Saturday, throwing the Sox medical team under the bus while explaining why his recovery has taken so long. Ellsbury said he was mis-diagnosed from the start.

Usually, players deal with these issues "internally." Bringing them out in public only causes distractions, which other players do not care for. It will be interesting how this plays out - when Ellsbury can come back, and how he is treated when he does. The complete transcript of Ellsbury's comments are on the WEEI website.

I'll check back later from Hadlock.

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