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Jacoby Ellsbury seems in no hurry to leave

SEATTLE — Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night after missing two games because of a wrist injury. He’s playing closer to his home of Madras, Ore., and whenever he’s here, there’s talk that he’d like to play here someday.

That talk seems more prevalent now that he’ll be a free agent after this season. The Mariners could use Ellsbury at the top of their order. Really, who couldn’t use Ellsbury, a gifted athlete and the game’s premier base stealer? The funny thing is, Ellsbury, who went 3 for 4 Wednesday to up his average to .306, has never said he’d like to play close to home, and he didn’t say it before the game, either.

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