Jacoby Ellsbury is an MVP candidate in the American League. But don’t tell him.


“I just come in prepared each day and try to help contribute on both sides of the ball,” Ellsbury told ESPNBoston. “I try to play the game hard and get things going from the first inning.”


In fact, the unassuming Red Sox outfielder might not even be the MVP of his own team. Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez are also legitimate candidates for the AL award. Pedroia is hitting .307 with 16 homers, 69 RBIs, 24 steals; Gonzalez is batting a league-best .347 with 21 homers, 38 doubles, 99 RBIs; and Ellsbury is hitting .315 with 23 home runs, 81 RBIs, 35 stolen bases.


“It’s going to be tough, but I’m glad that I don’t vote on that,” Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said.