Red Sox honor Ellsbury
No, the Madras native wasn't playing center field for the Boston Red Sox as the major league season wrapped up. Ellsbury was honored by Boston for earning two of the organization's minor league awards.
The centerfielder received the defensive player of the year and base runner of the year. Ellsbury split his second professional season between Wilmington of the A Carolina League and Portland (Maine) in the AA Eastern League where he was the lead-off hitter for both teams.
At Wilmington, Ellsbury stole 25 bases in 34 attempts in 61 games. He missed three weeks in May due to a hamstring injury and was promoted to Portland after the Blue Rocks' July 10 game.
At Portland, Ellsbury had 16 stolen bases in 24 attempts. He also stole two bases in three attempts during the Eastern League playoffs, helping the Sea Dogs win the championship.
The trip to Boston was part of Ellsbury's short break. Portland wrapped up the Eastern League title on Sept. 17 and Ellsbury will play for the Peoria (Ariz.) Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League starting on Oct. 10.
-- Gary Lindberg