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BOSTON -- When Jacoby Ellsbury stole the 200th base of his career on Friday night, he became the only living Red Sox player to steal that many bases for the club.

Tris Speaker, who played his last game for the Red Sox in 1915, stole 267 bases in his career in Boston. Harry Hooper, who holds the club record with 300 steals, played his last game for the Red Sox in 1920.

"It's pretty neat, because 200 steals is quite a bit," Ellsbury said. "That's pretty remarkable. Those are two famous Red Sox, so it's neat to be in their company. Hopefully I can keep on tacking on to that."

Though Ellsbury will turn 30 in September, his legs are showing no signs of slowing down.

"My legs are fresh," said Ellsbury. "Fresh legs."

Ellsbury entered Saturday's game leading the Major Leagues with 11 stolen bases.

Although manager John Farrell noted in Spring Training that the club wanted Ellsbury to be aggressive on the bases, the center fielder said that his mentality hasn't changed.

"It's not a matter of making a point, just putting pressure on the defense, just like I always have," Ellsbury said. "Fortunately, I've had a few more swipes early on."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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