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Ellsbury returns to Red Sox lineup; Napoli will be next

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 25, 2013 07:03 PM

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DENVER For the first time since Sept. 5, Jacoby Ellsbury is in the Red Sox lineup.

Ellsbury was cleared to play Tuesday by Dr. Thomas Clanton, the Vail-based specialist who confirmed an original diagnosis of a broken navicular bone in the center fielder's right foot.

Sox manager John Farrell said the plan was for Ellsbury to get three at-bats and/or five innings tonight. He is not restricted from trying to steal bases.

With the team off Thursday, Ellsbury should be able to play over the weekend in Baltimore.

The Red Sox were 10-6 in Ellsbury's absence and averaged a healthy 5.38 runs per game.

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Mike Napoli is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game because of plantar fasciitis. Farrell said to expect him back Friday.

The Angels beat the Athletics, 3-1, this afternoon. The Sox are up by 1.5 games for the best record in the American League. They have four games to play and Oakland has three. The Athletics start a three-game series at Seattle Friday. King Felix against Bartolo Colon.

The Rockies will have a pregame ceremony for Todd Helton tonight. There is a big number 17 mowed into center field and 17's painted in front of the dugouts. Rumor has it that Peyton Manning will participate.

Helton was a two-sport athlete at the University of Tennessee and became the starting quarterback in 1994. When he injured a knee, Manning replaced him.

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