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Ellsbury rips home run from third spot

Red Sox deal big players
The distractions have been large for Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox over the past week.
   The Madras High School graduate watched several teammates, including first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Josh Beckett, be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in Major League Baseball last week. The trade drew huge media coverage and left people wondering what direction the Red Sox are going.
   Once the dust settled, Ellsbury settled in himself. The 28-year-old collected his fifth consecutive multi-hit game Monday against the Kansas City Royals, and he went 13 for 33 (.394) with four extra-base hits in the Red Sox seven-game home stand over the past week.
   His recent surge at the plate has upped his average to .274 on the injury-shortened season. Ellsbury did his damage Monday from the No. 3 spot in the order, down two spots from his customary lead-off position.
   Only time will tell if Ellsbury will remain with the Red Sox. Like Gonzalez, he was placed on the trade waiver with teammate Jon Lester after the blockbuster deal was announced. Ellsbury's name has been mentioned in numerous trade scenarios by Boston media sources, but many of those writers indicate that if Boston were to deal Ellsbury, it would come during the offseason.