NEW YORK -- In the middle of a garbage dump, a flower blooms.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit two home runs in his first three plate appearances Sunday, giving him 30 home runs for the season and making him the first player in Sox history to have 30 or more stolen bases and 30 or more home runs in the same season. He also took over the team lead in home runs from David Ortiz, who has been stuck on 29 since Sept. 7.
Ellsbury becomes one of just four players to have 30 or more home runs, 35 or more stolen bases, 200 or more hits and 100 or more RBIs in the same season. The others are Vladimir Guerrero (2006), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Alex Rodriguez (1998).
This is the 35th time a player has had 30 or more home runs and 35 or more steals in a season. Dodgers' center fielder Matt Kemp has 37 home runs and 40 stolen bases entering play Sunday.