Jacoby Ellsbury becomes Red Sox’s first 30/30 man

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The Red Sox may have collapsed, but their MVP certainly isn’t to blame.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a pair of solo homers Sunday off the Yankees’ A.J. Burnett to become the first member of the 30 HR/30 SB club in Red Sox history.

It’s the 57th 30/30 season in major league history.  Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun have also pulled it off this year.  Kemp has 37 homers and 40 steals for the Dodgers, while Braun has 33 homers and 31 steals for the Brewers.  Ellsbury currently has 38 steals.

Ellsbury’s second homer also gave him 100 RBI for the season.

Ellsbury is the first American Leaguer to go 30/30 since the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler in 2009.  He’s the first American League to amass 30 homers, 30 steals and 100 RBI since the Rangers’ Alfonso Soriano in 2005.

While Ellsbury was always a good bet to get the required steals needed to pull off such a feat, none were expecting this kind of power from him.  He has 10 more homers in 639 at-bats this season than he did in 1,372 at-bats entering the year.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.