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Ellsbury hits first home run

Hitting well of late
Madras High School graduate Jacoby Ellsbury, who belted 32 home runs last season, ripped his first long ball of the season Sunday for the Boston Red Sox.
   Ellsbury, who virtually missed the entire first half of the season, finished two for five against the Toronto Blue Jays including his solo home run. He followed that effort with a two for four day at the dish Monday in a game against the Texas Rangers.
   Ellsbury now has his batting average up to .300 - up from .194 when he returned from the disabled list after the MLB all-star break. The speedy center fielder has 16 hits over his past 10 games and is batting .363 over that span.
   This week, Ellsbury and the Red Sox will conclude a three-game series Texas July 25, before visiting the New York Yankees July 27-29.
   Ellsbury had been out of the Red Sox lineup since April 13 with a partially dislocated right (non-throwing) shoulder. Last year, Ellsbury finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting.