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After two days off, Ellsbury returns to lineup

After two days off, Ellsbury returns to lineup

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After two days off, Ellsbury returns to lineup

SEATTLE -- The best offense in baseball got a little better on Wednesday, as Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox's lineup.

Ellsbury had missed a pair of games with a left wrist injury and will bolster an offense that already paces the Majors in hits, doubles, on-base percentage and runs scored.

Despite the time off, Ellsbury's 17-game hit streak is still the longest active one in the Majors. During that stretch, the 29-year old is batting .389 with eight RBIs and 13 runs scored.

"He felt better yesterday. He hit early, but [we] felt like an additional day down was needed," manager John Farrell said. "And he doesn't want to sit out. He wanted to be in the lineup last night. That was a personal one-on-one. He spoke his mind, but [we] felt like one additional day was going to help him get through this and he's back out there tonight."

Ellsbury has also been a difference maker on the basepaths, leading the Majors with 36 stolen bases in just 39 attempts.

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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