Postgame notes: Ortiz still doubtful for Sunday

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Postgame notes: Ortiz still doubtful for Sunday

CLEVELAND -- Bobby Valentine said after Saturday night's 6-2 loss to the Indians that he had nothing new to report on David Ortiz's status, and the veteran designated hitter is still doubtful for Sundays series finale against the Indians.

Ortiz was originally supposed to take batting practice and run the field as a test for his troublesome right Achilles tendon.

Adrian Gonzalez has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games while going 17-for-42 (.405) with 7 doubles, 2 homers, 14 RBI and 7 runs. Gonzalez has 31 RBI since the All-Star break, which leads the American League over that span and ranks second only to San Francisco's Buster Posey (32) in the majors.

Andrew Bailey is slated to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, and could be nearing activation for the Red Sox if he continues is encouraging recovery path from thumb surgery.

The start of Saturday nights game was delayed 18 minutes due to Indians Hall of Fame ceremonies that ran over their allotted time period. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, late outfielder Jack Graney, and trainer Jim Warfield were all inducted into the Indians hallowed Hall.

Danny Valencia, who replaced the injured Will Middlebrooks on the roster, arrived a few minutes before Saturdays game began and he got into some action at third base in the last few innings in his Sox debut. Valencia was given uniform No. 23.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.