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Ellsbury captures comeback award

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / October 14, 2011

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Jacoby Ellsbury was rewarded for his remarkable season yesterday when Major League Baseball named him the American League Comeback Player of the Year.

After playing only 19 games in 2010 because of fractured ribs, the Red Sox center fielder hit .321 with 32 home runs, 105 RBIs, 46 doubles, 39 steals, and 119 runs while playing 158 games.

Ellsbury became the first player in franchise history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. He also made the All-Star team for the first time.

Lance Berkman of the Cardinals was the National League winner. The award is voted on by beat writers employed by MLB.com.

Ortiz receptive on Yankees

In an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, David Ortiz said there was “too much drama’’ around the Red Sox.

“I have been thinking about a lot of things,’’ said Ortiz. “I don’t even know if I want to be part of this drama for next year. It’s something I will talk about with them when the time comes.’’

Ortiz, who turns 36 in November, will be a free agent after the World Series.

He added to the drama by responding positively to a question about the idea of joining the Yankees.

“That’s something that I’ve got to think about,’’ he said. “Who doesn’t want to be involved in an organization [where] everything goes down the right way?

“They lost, just like we did. They just went to the first round of the playoffs. Nobody is coming out killing everybody just because they lost.

“The owners, they need to take care of it right now so everybody can come in with a fresh mind next year and do what they’re supposed to do.’’

Ortiz said the Yankees would be “a good situation to be involved in.’’ But it is uncertain whether the interest would be mutual. Jorge Posada, the primary DH for the Yankees, is expected to retire. But in 37-year-old Derek Jeter and 36-year-old Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have two players who could see increasing time as a DH.

Jeter was the DH 10 times this season, a career high. Rodriguez also was the DH 10 times. Mark Teixeira, who will be 32 in April, was the DH nine times.

In addition, the Yankees have young slugger Jesus Montero, a catcher whose primary contribution could be as a DH next season.

This season, Ortiz hit .309 with 29 home runs, 96 RBIs, and a .953 OPS.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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