Sox Notebook: Ortiz, Buchholz, and Ciriaco

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Sox Notebook: Ortiz, Buchholz, and Ciriaco

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Interleague play may be over, but that doesn't necessarily mean that David Ortiz's playing time at first base is also done.

With Adrian Gonzalez likely to miss a third straight game Sunday with spasms in his lower back, Bobby Valentine broadly hinted thar Ortiz could play first in Gonzalez's absence.

"I haven't approached him with it yet,'' said Valentine, "but I checked his health. I think (Sunday), with the righthander (James Shields), there's a chance of him doing that -- if he's rearing to go.''

Brent Lillibridge will start at first Saturday night.

Valentine was asked about other first base options and cited both utility man Nick Punto and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as possible choices. Both have played first in the majors.

The Sox had to make a move to get Clay Buchholz on the active roster and optioned Mauro Gomez back to Pawtucket to create an opening.

Gomez had been recalled while the team was without the use of third baseman Will Middlebrooks (hamstring).

Gomez hit .308 with three RBI in 26 at-bats and made his first appearances at third base -- at any level -- since 2009. Gomez started at first in the series opener and was charged with an error.

Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco's start has been historic by some statistical measures.

He's the first Red Sox player to get three or more hits in at least three of his first four games. He also stole a base in each of his last three games, becoming the first Red Sox player ever with least three hits and a stolen base in three straight games.

Finally, he's the first major leaguer to do that since Johnny Damon did it with Kansas City from Aug. 5-7, 2000. The only player to ever accomplish the feat (three hits and a steal) in four games was Hall of Famer Ty Cobb.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.