Ortiz could be activated after successful workout

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Ortiz could be activated after successful workout

CLEVELAND David Ortiz isnt in Sundays lineup and Sox manager Bobby Valentine wouldnt venture a guess as to when his designated hitter will return.

Ortiz will go through workouts on Progressive Field prior to Sundays series finale against the Cleveland Indians, but he wont be activated until hes feeling good after a full workout.

Ortiz has been taking regular batting practice and hes been trotting his big body out for cone exercises and running drills. But it needs to get to a point where all painsorenessdiscomfort must be removed from the right Achilles tendon before hes ready to play.

Hes not there quite yet.

Hes at the point where if he has a full workout and doesnt feel the pain afterward, then hell be ready to go. Thats what they tell me, said Bobby Valentine. Hes done the full workout a couple of times and theres something in a specific spot. Its not so much soreness as its that specific spot.

Ortiz has admitted that hes likely going to have to play through some discomfort when he returns. Such is the life of a 36-year-old baseball player thats gone through years of wear and tear on his body with a right heel thats become a recurring issue. But Valentine didnt want to put any undue pressure on Bostons best offensive player and lone All-Star this season.

I dont know how were going to measure the pain hell play through, said Valentine. Im afraid to go out and watch because I dont want him to think Im pushing him, which Im definitely not.

Ortiz has been on the 15-day disabled list since straining the right Achilles running the bases on a home run ball back on July 17, and the Sox offense hasnt been the same without their power-hitting designated hitter.

The Ortiz-less Sunday afternoon lineup against the Indians looks like this:

CF Ellsbury
LF Crawford
2B Pedroia
1B Gonzalez
RF Ross
DH Saltalamacchia
SS Aviles
3B Valencia
C Shoppach

First impressions: A good start for Rodriguez in 6-2 win

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First impressions: A good start for Rodriguez in 6-2 win

BALTIMORE -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles:

 

Eduardo Rodriguez's first start of the season was a good one.

Rodriguez, making his 2016 debut after a freak knee injury suffered at the beginning of spring training, tossed six innings and allowed two runs on five hits.

He flashed his trademark changeup on a number of occasions, getting a handful of swing-and-misses with it. His fastball velocity, which had been questionable in his rehab outings, was slightly improved.

He wasn't as efficient as the Red Sox would have liked, needing 89 pitches to get through six innings. But again, for his first start, there was little about which to complain.

 

Betts had a decent night at the plate.

Betts cracked three homers for five RBI, nearly single-handedly doing enough offensively to beat the Orioles.

He homered to center in the first, down the left field line in the second and, finally, to right field in the seventh to become the 27th player in Red Sox history to homer three times in one game.

Hitting at the top of the lineup, Betts is on pace to hit 36 homers and knock in more than a 120 runs. The power he generates from a relatively small frame is something to behold.

Betts is now second on the team in RBI -- again, from the top spot in the order, though that's been aided by the fact that Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit eighth or ninth for much of the season, providing Betts with plenty of RBI opportunities.

 

The Chris Young experiment in center worked well for the first night. With Jackie Bradley Jr. on paternity leave, the Sox will keep Mookie Betts in right and have Young play center.

Young was once a full-time center fielder earlier in his career, but in recent years, has been viewed by most as more of a corner outfielder, perhaps without the range to play center.

But Tuesday night, Young did a nice job chasing down a ball hit to the warning track by Adam Jones in the third, then capped it two batters later when he leaped above the wall in center and took away what was likely a two-run homer by Manny Machado.

 

Robbie Ross Jr. has been an overlooked part of the bullpen.

With improved velocity on his fastball, Ross has 24 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

Moreover, Ross has allowed just two earned runs over his last 12 games and since April 17 -- about six weeks ago -- he has an ERA of 1.23.

Thought of as a low-leverage long man early in the season, he's earned the trust of the Red Sox to be used in more high-leverage spots as the season has developed.

 

Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: E-Rod makes 2016 debut

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Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: E-Rod makes 2016 debut

Eduardo Rodriguez makes his 2016 Red Sox debut tonight, and he'll have a different center fielder as he does so.

Jackie Bradley Jr. on paternity leave and Chris Young is taking his place in center. The rest of the lineup, however, remains intact as the Sox face the Orioles in their second game of their four-game series in Baltimore.

The lineups:

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young CF
Blake Swihart LF
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez P

ORIOLES:
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Joey Rickard RF
Paul Janish 3B
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Kevin Gausman P

 

 

Bradley takes paternity leave; Red Sox recall Castillo

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Bradley takes paternity leave; Red Sox recall Castillo

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox will be without center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the next few days, as he is placed on the paternity-leave list to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

Rusney Castillo, who was sent to Pawtucket in the second week of the season, has been recalled to take his roster spot. Castillo has a slash line of .241/.302/.317 with the PawSox, with 1 home run and 13 RBI in 37 games. 

Bradley is in the midst of a breakout season with the Red Sox, hitting .331/.409/.601 in 50 games with 9 homers and 37 RBI.