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Jacoby Ellsbury on leading off: ‘You see what happens when I get going’

05.22.13 at 12:30 am ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury

CHICAGO — It was undoubtedly a step in the right direction, and might keep Jacoby Ellsbury from moving out of the Red Sox’ lineup’s top spot for the time being.

Three of Ellsbury’s four at-bats during the Red Sox’ 3-1 loss to the White Sox Tuesday night were solid showings, with the outfielder lining sharply out to left-center, singling up the middle and drawing an eight-pitch walk. After he grounded out to second four straight times the night before, surfacing even more talk of a move out of the leadoff spot, it was a welcome performance for the player and the team.

“You’ve seen. You see what happens when I get going,” Ellsbury told WEEI.com after the game when asked about his desire to remain in the lineup’s top spot.

Before the game, Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that he had thought about moving Ellsbury out of the leadoff spot but was prioritizing giving the center fielder a vote of confidence.

“Have considered it, yes,” said Farrell, who also revealed that the health of Shane Victorino weighed into making a move. “And we’re sticking with him to hopefully give him the opportunity to come out of the situation he’s in right now. But I can say this: Whether he’s hitting first or whether he’s hitting somewhere else in the lineup, there are still things we have to address and he has to address. Those are ongoing.”

Judging by Ellsbury’s performance Tuesday, it appears the commitment to stay put might pay off.

The hit off Chicago reliever Matt Thornton marked the third straight game Ellsbury has managed to claim a hit off a lefty, and it gave him four hits in 27 at-bats (with four walks) on the current road trip.

“I’ve been putting some good ABs together. So I’m just going to just stick with the plan,” Ellsbury said. “I’m not worried. I just have to stick with the approach, the plan. All of that is going to fall into place.

“I’m nice and loose. You can’t press. You have to stay nice and loose, just in your plan and trust in your approach. One good game this early brings you back. … My swing is pretty simple. It’s easy to maintain. A hit here or there makes it look a lot better. I’ve had some good swings, so I just have to stick with the plan.”

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