It will be several weeks before Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine settles on an Opening Day lineup. And odds are, he will use multiple batting orders throughout the season.

One question he must answer: Where to bat Jacoby Ellsbury?

Ellsbury's speed makes him a prototypical leadoff hitter. But he posted MVP-like numbers last season, including 32 home runs, 105 RBI and a .552 slugging percentage, production that would be well-suited for the middle of the order.

"The only thing we can define is that in 162 games, he would definitely hit 162 times with no one on base if he's the leadoff hitter," Valentine said. "That has to be considered if, in fact, we wanted to give him a chance to have those 162 with someone that he can drive in with an extra-base hit."