Jacoby Ellsbury on a spring roll

Red Sox outfielder playing hot but remains reserved coming off thorny 2010 season

Updated: March 12, 2011, 8:48 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There is a palpable wariness about Jacoby Ellsbury now. A loss of innocence, perhaps the inevitable consequence of being at odds with the Boston Red Sox medical staff last season and ridiculously maligned by others as "soft" because he didn't play with fractured ribs.

Ellsbury is still capable of flashing that luminous smile, the way he did Saturday afternoon, when he had two doubles and a home run against the Florida Marlins and was asked if he could recall the last ...

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