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Ellsbury note

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  March 24, 2008 07:53 AM

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An interesting note on Jacoby Ellsbury from the Associated Press:

Terry Francona said today that rookie center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, effective as the leadoff hitter in last year's World Series, probably will bat toward the bottom of the order in the opener on Tuesday (6 am ET).

"You put a young player a little bit at risk when you put him right at the top of the lineup early on," Francona said. "I know what he hit last year. It was impressive, but you're still trying to develop guys."

Ellsbury batted .353 in 33 regular-season games and .438 in the World Series sweep of Colorado.

"The coolest thing is just starting over here in Japan," Ellsbury said. "I'm not looking at it as different than the World Series, just go out there and perform."

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