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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn doesn’t have a recipe for a new leadoff hitter. What he knows is that this powerful lineup that produced a league-best 853 runs in 2013 will look different, but not necessarily worse.
He can’t mix Shane Victorino with Dustin Pedroia and a little Grady Sizemore and come up with another Jacoby Ellsbury. Not possible. The speed, the disruptive nature of Ellsbury’s game, that’s gone.
“Of course we’ll miss Jacoby,” David Ortiz said. “Nobody in the game could do what he did. Now we have to find a way to make up for that some way. I think we have guys on the team that can lead off and make our lineup work. We’ll see.”