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Wakefield, Ellsbury bounce back

After season of struggles, pair of Red Sox are critical contributors

Updated: July 7, 2011, 2:24 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was ridiculed. His tenacity and toughness were questioned because he was limited to 18 games during the 2010 season for a variety of rib injuries.

Veteran knuckleballer and clubhouse patriarch Tim Wakefield also suffered through a difficult season a year ago.

Both Ellsbury and Wakefield entered this spring with a purpose, knowing exactly what their roles would be and what they needed to do to help the Boston Red Sox win in 2011. ...

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