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January 19, 2013

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Ellsbury

reaches deal

The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration with all star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury Friday signing him to a one year deal worth $9M. The deal means that Ellsbury will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.

Ellsbury has been one of the most productive outfielders in baseball when healthy. His health, however, has been a problem as he missed 232 games in 2010 and 2012 due to injury.

The centerfielder hit .271 in 74 games last season with four home runs and 26 RBI. He had a career year in 2011 playing in 158 games and hitting .321 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI. He is a career .297 hitter who is expected to once again bat leadoff for the Red Sox this season.

The Sox also avoided arbitration by reaching one-year deals with Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales.

Jones, Woodhead probable

The Patriots released their injury report on Friday and while there is no shot of seeing All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field, there is a good chance Chandler Jones and Danny Woodhead will be.

Jones and Woodhead left last Sunday’s 41-28 win over Houston in the Divisional Round with ankle and finger injuries respectively, but both have been listed as probable for this Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Jones was a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time all week while Woodhead was a full participant in practice all week.

Celtics stars

The Celtics had two players voted to the starting lineup for the NBA All Star game next month in Houston.

Point guard Rajon Rondo and power forward Kevin Garnett will join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Carmello Anthony of the New York Knicks in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference.

This is Garnett’s 15th All Star appearance, Rondo’s fourth.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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