“If guys play to their abilities . . . I think [everybody] looks at Jacoby Ellsbury . . . [as] a leadoff guy with [the] kind of ability, not only to steal bases but to drive the ball with some consistency . . . The one variation to look at, against a left-handed pitcher we could see [Shane] Victorino in the 2 hole [but then] see him down in the 5, 6 hole [against right-handers] . . . But I think the one thing that stands out is with [Stephen] Drew’s addition, [and] now [Mike] Napoli, it gives us that complement, that balance, left-right all the way through the lineup.
“[Victorino has moved around] in the past. it's something we’ve talked about with him and he’s comfortable with it, as he’s done it, so that switching back and forth in the lineup for him wouldn’t be out of the norm.”