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Ellsbury continues to thrive in AFL

Ellsbury shines, to play in Rising Stars game

Former first-round pick Jacoby Ellsbury has gotten off on the right foot in the Arizona Fall League.

Ellsbury boasted a nine-game hitting streak after hitting safely in all but one game this season. He was held hitless in the Arizona Fall League opener Oct. 10.

The 23-year-old center fielder has been especially hot of late, going 7-for-12 with two runs scored and an RBI in a three-game span. He is batting .318 with two RBIs, seven runs scored and four stolen bases in 10 games.

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On Monday, Ellsbury was selected to play in the inaugural Rising Stars Showcase game. The game will be played Friday at Surprise Stadium.

West Oahu CaneFires

LHP Ryan Phillips -- Phillips has not appeared in a Hawaii Winter League game since his Oct. 10 start against Waikiki. He tossed four hitless innings in his first two starts. The 22-year-old fanned seven and walked two over four innings.

C John Otness -- The 25-year-old hit safely in four straight games for a .259 average. Despite the streak, Otness has not driven in a run since his three-RBI day on Oct. 10. He has five runs scored and three RBIs in eight games.

LF Jeff Corsaletti -- The Tallahassee native remained mired in a deep slump. The former sixth-round pick went hitless over eight at-bats and his average fell to .071 (2-for-28). The 23-year-old has seven runs scored and two RBIs in nine games.

Peoria Javelinas

LHP Lenny DiNardo -- The 27-year-old did not yield a run in his last two outings. The Miami native struck out one in a perfect inning on Oct. 18 against Phoenix, and he tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Saguaros on Saturday. He has a 4.26 ERA with seven strikeouts and three walks in four games. On Monday, DiNardo was selected to play in the inaugural Rising Stars Showcase. The game will be played Friday at Surprise Stadium.

RHP Barry Hertzler -- The 25-year-old reliever bounced back with two solid performances after surrendering five runs in 1 1/3 innings Oct. 17. The Providence native struck out three in a perfect inning against Phoenix on Oct. 19. He fanned one and walked one in two scoreless innings against the Saguaros on Saturday. Hertzler is 1-0 with a 5.87 ERA in five games.

RHP Kyle Jackson -- The 23-year-old reliever continued his strong start to the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Scottsdale on Oct. 20. But he did struggle in his last appearance Tuesday. Jackson allowed four runs on three hits and a walk in one inning in a 12-6 loss to Scottsdale. He is 2-0 with a 6.14 ERA in five games.

RHP David Pauley -- The 23-year-old made his third start Monday. He allowed one run on six hits over four innings. The 6-foot-2 righty struck out one and walked three, but did not factor in the decision. Pauley is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA.

C Dustin Brown -- The 24-year-old is 6-for-17 with an RBI in his last five games after making two starts in the first week of the season. He is batting .250 with an RBI and three runs scored.

3B Chad Spann -- The 23-year-old has cooled off at the plate after opening the AFL on fire. He went 3-for-15 with a solo homer over a four-game span. The former fifth-round pick batted .353 with a home run, eight RBIs and five runs scored in eight games.

Chip Haunss is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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