Valentine: Ortiz doubtful to return Sunday

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Valentine: Ortiz doubtful to return Sunday

CLEVELAND - David Ortiz didnt run the bases as originally planned prior to Friday nights game, and Valentine said that the designated hitter was now looking doubtful for a return on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. It would appear that Ortiz has developed some soreness in the right Achilles after some encouraging progress following his pain-numbing injection earlier in the week.

He felt good today. He didnt do anything, but he felt good. It was a rest day, said Valentine. Hell do more tomorrow. Theyll test it a little bit more tomorrow and hopefully that will be the day that gets him over the hump.

When asked if Valentine still thought Ortiz might be able to go on Sunday as hoped, the Sox skipper replied with: I dont think so.

Ortiz has been out since July 17 after straining the Achilles rounding second base at Fenway Park on a home run ball, and the hope is still that a healthy Big Papi can get into some of the divisional games against the Orioles and Yankees next week.

Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole

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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole

The Red Sox (93-67) look to close in on the No. 2 seed in the A.L. playoffs and home-field advantage in the Division Series with the Cleveland Indians (92-67) with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.68 ERA) to the mound against left-hander J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.20). Rodriguez is expected to pitch either Game 3 or 4 of the Division Series against the Indians next week.

If both teams finish with 94 wins, the Red Sox hold the tiebreaker over the Indians, based on Boston winning the season series, 4-2. The Indians may have to play a makeup game Monday with the Detroit Tigers.

The Jays are a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top A.L. wild-card spot and hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot. 

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts moves back to his customary No. 2 spot in the batting order after hitting sixth Friday night. Right-handed hitting Aaron Hill is at third base and Christian Vazquez catches for Boston.

There will be the second of three ceremonies this weekend to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz before the game.  

The lineups:

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

BLUE JAYS
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Jose Bautista DH
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezequiel Carrera RF
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J.A. Happ LHP 

Merloni: Did Rick Porcello cost himself the Cy Young?

Merloni: Did Rick Porcello cost himself the Cy Young?

Lou Merloni and Dan Shaughnessy discuss Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello's chance of winning the CY Young award and if his performance on Friday may have lost his chances.