Red Sox give Jacoby Ellsbury a day off

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MINNEAPOLIS — Until Sunday, Jacoby Ellsbury had played every inning of every Red Sox game this season. But he was given a day off. Shane Victorino started in center field.

“Just wanted to make sure in this stretch of 20 games [in 20 days] that we get everybody involved and give every one of our normal regular guys a day off,” manager John Farrell said before the Sox played the Minnesota Twins.

Ellsbury is hitting .246 with a .309 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the only player on the roster to have started every game. Does Farrell have the temerity to sit him down soon?

“That’s a good question,” he said. “Pedey will fight that one tooth and nail.”

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