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Red Sox should fight to keep Jacoby Ellsbury

CHICAGO – The Red Sox’ hitting coaches feel Jacoby Ellsbury is about to break out. They see the progress in the leadoff hitter’s swing in batting practice and feel it’s just a matter of time.

“He hasn’t yet taken what he does in batting practice to the game,’’ said assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez. “It’s about him being more aggressive earlier in the count. He’s getting there. The power is there. The strength is there. I think it’s only a matter of time before we see the Ellsbury we know and love.’’

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