Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury


Ortiz the latest to go down with injiury

The injuries just don't stop for the Red Sox.

On the same night they welcomed Carl Crawford back from the disabled list to play his first game of the season, the Sox lost DH David Ortiz, who injured his right Achilles rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez's dramatic eighth-inning three-run homer.

"It's probably going to be some days,'' said Bobby Valentine. "It's that Achilles. He had the heel,where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel...I guess he's had it in the past.''

Ortiz was unsure whether Gonzalez's ball was going to go out, so, running from first, he was running as he approached second.

By then, the ball had settled into the Monster Seats for a homer, but when Ortiz tried to decelerate, he came up limping and virtually walked the rest of the way home.

Ortiz will undergo an MRI Tuesday to see if any further damage was done.

"I think I'll be alright,'' said a downcast Ortiz, who was still limping as he left the clubhouse. "I got sore when it happened, but I didn't feel any pop, so that's a good sign.''

Ortiz iced the area after the game and reported improvement.

"It's not as bad as it was,'' Ortiz said.

Ortiz experienced bursitis in the same heel last August and missed nine games.

If he's out for an extended period of time, it's unclear what the Sox would do to replace him at DH. They could, as they did last summer when Ortiz was sidelined with the heel issue, promote Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket to serve in that role.

Manager Bobby Valentine could also shuffle the lineup so that regulars take turns in the DH spot, resting from defensive obligations.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello


Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay



"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.



* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.



1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.