Red Sox recall Nava, who bats sixth tonight

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Red Sox recall Nava, who bats sixth tonight

The Red Sox have begun shaking things up, at least a little, and the shakeups are showing in tonight's lineup.

The Red Sox have recalled outfielder Daniel Nava from Pawtucket and he's playing left field, batting sixth. Reliever Clayton Mortensen has been set to the PawSox to open a spot on the 25-man roster, and Justin Thomas -- who was sent to Pawtucket recently -- was designated for assignment to make room on the 40, according to the Providence Journal.

As far as the lineup is concerned, the Mike Aviles-as-leadoff-hitter experiment appears to be over. He's been dropped to seventh in the lineup, with Ryan Sweeney moving into the top spot. The lineup:

Ryan Sweeney, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Daniel Nava, LF
Mike Aviles, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Kelly Shoppach, CJosh Beckett, P

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.