NEW YORK -- Every player in the Red Sox clubhouse knows the team is better when Jacoby Ellsbury can produce like he did Monday.
Since coming off the disabled list, he’s been struggling at the plate and entered Monday’s series finale against the Yankees 0-for-16.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona decided prior to the game it would be best to move Ellsbury from the leadoff spot in the order to the No. 9 hole to take pressure off him.
Ellsbury went 1-for-2, including a walk and hit batsman, and stole four bases.
“It shows when he gets on base we’re a different team,” Francona said. “That’s stating the obvious. He can change the game with his legs and when he starts getting on base, that bodes real well for us.”
“It was nice to get on base today,” admitted Ellsbury. “When I’m on base, good things are going to happen.”
Ellsbury set a career-high with his four swipes, tying the club record of Jerry Remy, who accomplished the feat on June 14, 1980 versus the Angels.
“I forgot about it,” Ellsbury said. “I knew Remy had four. [Former Red Sox teammate] Javier Lopez was always getting on me, he wanted me to at least tie it or break it, so I’ll have to give him a phone call tonight. It was one of those days where I got on base and had opportunities to run.”