Ellsbury a rare bright spot with first home run of season

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Ellsbury a rare bright spot with first home run of season

There werent many bright spots in Sundays football score loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, but the red-hot performance of Jacoby Ellsbury was one of them.

The Sox centerfielder was given a regularly scheduled day off on Saturday after playing in eight straight games after coming off the disabled list, and came back on Sunday with plenty of energy.

Taking more time off isnt at the top of Ellsburys priority list after missing nearly the first half of the baseball season with a separated shoulder, but hes willing to go along with the Sox medical staffs program.

I like playing. I like playing every day. Im just used to it, said Ellsbury. The more I play the more comfortable I get. I normally dont like taking days off, but you try to make the best out of it.

Ellsbury finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the 15-7 loss to Toronto, and clobbered his first home run of the 2012 season to dead, straightaway center in the bottom of the fifth inning.

I knew it was just a matter of time. I put a good swing on it and I was just trying to drive the ball, said Ellsbury. Ive been putting some good swings on balls, and if you have a good approach with good swings then good things are going to happen.

Ellsbury is hitting .350 in his first nine games off the disabled list with six runs scored, four extra base hits and one stolen base, and has picked up where he left off last season. Its certainly disappointing that it took until late July for Ellsbury to crank his first home run of the season after he jacked 32 long bombs last year, but the Sox leadoff man is ready to make up for lost time.

But both Ellsbury and Carl Crawford have brought some energy and life to the top of the Sox batting order over the last two weeks, and thats a good start for a baseball team looking for all the help they can get.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.