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Jacoby Ellsbury responds to Fenway crowd with triple

The Red Sox's David Ortiz (right) reaches out to former teammate Jacoby Ellsbury before the Yankees game at Fenway on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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The Red Sox's David Ortiz (right) reaches out to former teammate Jacoby Ellsbury before the Yankees game at Fenway on Tuesday.

In his first at-bat at Fenway Park since leaving the Red Sox for the Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury found out what the fans think of him.

The Red Sox played Ellsbury’s old walk-up song — a tune by Jay Z and Kanye West — for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter.

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Ellsbury was booed loudly as he came to the plate and didn’t react — other than to hammer an 0-and-2 pitch from Jon Lester high off the wall in center field.

A fan reached down and interfered with the ball and Ellsbury was awarded a triple by the umpires. He scored when No. 2 batter Derek Jeter singled.

Once the first inning had finished with the Yankees leading, 2-0, the Red Sox played a brief highlight video of Ellsbury’s seven years in Boston. The fans responded with a round of applause that time and Ellsbury waved from the dugout.

Before the game, Ellsbury again explained why he changed sides in the rivalry and signed a seven-year, $153 million with New York.

“When the Yankees let me know they were interested, I was excited because of the opportunity to win again, to play on a team that’s committed to fielding a team each and every year that’s has potential to win,’’ he said. “I wanted to go to an organization and New York was right there.

“First class, I think of the championships, the history, the passion they have for the game — a lot of things the Red Sox, but they gave me the opportunity to play seven more years in the big leagues. They gave me the opportunity to play the game I love and I’m excited for that.”

Peter Abraham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
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