Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz

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Report: Blue Jays could show interest in Ortiz

David Ortiz expressed some level of interest in joining the New York Yankees days after the Red Sox' season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

But it could be another A.L. East team that comes calling.

The Blue Jays could be interested in signing Ortiz, according to a source associated with the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber, who said the Jays "will not rule out" offering him a contract.

Ortiz is coming off a season in which he hit .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI.

The Red Sox will have the first chance to re-sign Ortiz once the World Series ends, then he will become an unrestricted free agent -- which is where teams like the Blue Jays could swoop in and spend a little more money or add an extra year that the Red Sox may not be willing to offer.

Ortiz is also familiar with Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who was formerly the pitching coach for the Red Sox.

Ortiz is essentially restricted to A.L. teams since he will only be suitable in a DH role.

Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

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Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
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Yordano Ventura RHP

RED SOX
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Blake Swihart (ankle) to start rehab process Monday

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Blake Swihart (ankle) to start rehab process Monday

BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in a cast on a knee scooter entering the clubhouse today, and was all smiles when he said he’d be taking his cast off Monday to get started with his rehabilitation process.

He’s been cleared to start lifting right away, and it is expected that Swihart will be ready for Spring Training.

“My ankle feels good. I’m not in any pain at all,” Swihart said. “I think in the middle of the off-season I’ll be able to get into baseball shape.”

Swihart will be rehabbing to play both catcher and left field. The top-tier catching prospect wouldn’t say which he preferred when asked, and instead said “whatever gets me on the field.”

A timetable for running has yet to be established for Swihart, but the 24-year-old will meet with the doctor within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, he plans to continue supporting his teammates race towards the postseason.

“It’s hard, I want to be out there with them, but at least I get to come in and be there with them during the whole thing,” Swihart said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing them, the way they’re playing. It’s awesome.