Ellsbury goes deep after being dropped to No. 6 hole

Ellsbury goes deep after being dropped to No. 6 hole

Ellsbury goes deep after being dropped to No. 6 hole
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine expressed the hope before Sunday's game against the Blue Jays that Jacoby Ellsbury could soon get "as hot as a firecracker."

Batting sixth for the first time this season, Ellsbury promptly drilled a two-run homer in his first at-bat. It was just his third home run on the season.

Ellsbury entered the game hitting .257 with two homers and 16 RBIs.

Valentine said moving Ellsbury down in the order wasn't a demotion or a reflection of his recent performance.

"Well, I'm not dropping him. I'm trying to mix the grouping up a little to see if we can get more runs on the board," Valentine said. "I also want to see [Ryan] Kalish play a little up early in the lineup."

Kalish batted leadoff for Sunday's game.