Ellsbury's shot across the bow

Outfielder takes on Red Sox in lengthy comments about rib injury

Updated: July 11, 2010, 3:20 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Know this about Jacoby Ellsbury: This fight is not of his choosing.

There is nothing in Ellsbury's upbringing, personality or track record that remotely suggests that the 26-year-old Red Sox outfielder relishes challenging the authority of the near-billion-dollar enterprise that employs him.

The player who rarely raises his voice in the clubhouse or on the field is hardly the type eager to engage the Red Sox in a dispute that sets him publicly against one of the most powerful arms ...

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