Papi is back; Sox almost back to full strength
The Red Sox get a big presence back in their lineup tonight with the return of David Ortiz, who missed nine games with right heel bursitis.
Boston scored 37 runs in the nine games without Papi, but 11 of those came in last night’s game. For the most part, the offense struggled. But with Adrian Gonzalez belting two homers last night and Jacoby Ellsbury also coming back, you wonder if the the Red Sox’ offense is about to go on another one of their patented hot streaks.
Kevin Youkilis is the only regular missing from the mix, and he is elgible to come back on Sept. 2, for the start of the next three-game series against the Rangers.
Without Ortiz, the Red Sox went 5-4.
It’s another scorcher here in Arlington, Texas, with the game-time temperature expected to top 100 degrees for the third straight game.