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Jacoby Ellsbury sets Red Sox single-game steals record

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Ellsbury has been excellent swiping bags this season, and went to town on the Phillies for a record on Thursday.

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Jacoby Ellsbury entered play against the Phillies on Thursday with 16 steals in 18 attempts. After a "down" season for steals in 2011, thanks to 83 extra-base hits that limited his opportunities, he's seemingly back on track as the stolen base threat he was back in his earlier Sox days, when he twice led the American League in base thefts. This looks even more true after Ellsbury set the single-game Red Sox record for steals with five on Thursday.

Here's the record-setting steal, which occurred after pitcher Michael Stutes threw over to first base repeatedly without even throwing a pitch to Daniel Nava. The first time Stutes did, Ellsbury went for second anyway:

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Ellsbury broke his own record of four, one he shared with former Red Sox second baseman and current NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp PA R H 2B 3B HR BB IBB HBP SB CS
1 Jacoby Ellsbury 2013-05-30 BOS PHI 6 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0
2 Jacoby Ellsbury 2010-08-09 BOS NYY 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
3 Jerry Remy 1980-06-14 BOS CAL 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0
4 Jacoby Ellsbury 2012-08-09 BOS CLE 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
5 Jacoby Ellsbury 2009-05-02 BOS TBR 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
6 Jacoby Ellsbury 2008-05-31 BOS BAL 5 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0
7 Jacoby Ellsbury 2008-05-30 BOS BAL 7 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
8 Reggie Smith 1967-08-29 (2) BOS NYY 9 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0
9 Ben Chapman 1937-07-09 BOS PHA 7 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0
10 Billy Werber 1934-05-21 BOS CHW 6 4 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0
11 Roy Johnson 1934-05-21 BOS CHW 6 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12 Buddy Myer 1928-07-24 BOS NYY 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
13 Homer Ezzell 1925-07-17 BOS SLB 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
14 Harry Hooper 1920-04-19 (1) BOS NYY 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
15 Harry Hooper 1919-06-07 BOS DET 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
16 Harry Hooper 1916-09-17 BOS CHW 5 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/31/2013.

The last steal was also number 210 in Ellsbury's career, third-most ever among Red Sox players. Ellsbury trails Tris Speaker (267) and Harry Hooper (300) -- hey, no one said the Sox had a long and glorious history of base thievery. Dustin Pedroia is the only active threat to Ellsbury's ranking at the moment, as he has 110, but even that's pushing it considering he's already 29 years old and might not steal 20 bases a year forever.

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