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.

Tim Tebow shows solid power, shaky skills in MLB workout

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Tim Tebow shows solid power, shaky skills in MLB workout

LOS ANGELES — Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup after missing two games to attend a family funeral as the Red Sox play the middle game of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Fenway Park.

Pedroia is back at second base, batting leadoff, as the Red Sox look to make it two in a row coming off a 9-4 victory on Monday night.

Brock Holt, who filled in a second in Pedroia’s absence, moves to left field and Bryan Holaday catches left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95 ERA) for Boston. Pomeranz struck out a career-high 11 in his last start against the Rays, last Thursday in St. Petersburg. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53) starts for the Rays.

The lineups:

RAYS

Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy DH

Tim Beckham SS

Scott Souza Jr. RF

Corey Dickerson LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP

 

RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Travis Shaw 3B

Brock Holt LF

Bryan Holaday C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Drew Pomeranz LHP