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Jacoby Ellsbury has gotten off to a poor start in 2013. He’d be the first to admit it. But are we seeing signs that he’s coming out of it and ready to help the Red Sox the rest of the way? He stole his 15th base and went 2 for 5, including a line-drive walkoff double, in a 6-5 Red Sox win over the Indians Sunday at Fenway Park.
Ellsbury worked the count to 2-and-1 on Chris Perez and then waited as the injured pitcher’s replacement, Joe Smith, a righthanded sidearmer came on.
Maybe Ellsbury is still gaining strength in the shoulder that sidelined him for three months last season. Sometimes those injuries affect hitters and it takes them a while to come back.