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Farrell trying to pick spots for Ortiz

David Ortiz was out of the lineup on Tuesday night, marking his first day off since April 26, when he the Red Sox didn’t have the DH in Atlanta.

With the Red Sox facing lefty Sean Manaea, manager John Farrell felt it was a good time to give Ortiz a rest during  this stretch in which his  team plays 32 games in 33 days.

“As strong a start as he’s had, personally, I lose sight that he’s 40 years old,” said Farrell. “There are going to be periodic days for rest. I thought tonight was a matchup that, maybe our right-handers have a better matchup. David’s a good matchup against anyone. If you’re picking your spots, this is a day for David to be down.”

Brock Holt also got a rest, with Chris Young  playing left. Hanley Ramirez replaced Ortiz at DH, with Travis Shaw moving from third to first and  Josh Rutledge got the nod  at third.


Pablo, Rusney debut in Toronto

With a quick turnaround after last night’s thrilling victory, manager John Farrell made a couple of lineup changes for  Saturday afternoon’s matinee in Toronto.

Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo, who are owed a combined $134.5 million for the balance of their contracts and are playing bench roles, are both in the lineup. Sandoval is at third, with Travis Shaw moving to first and Hanley Ramirez serving as the DH.  David Ortiz will get a rest. Castillo is in center, with Jackie Bradley out of the lineup.

“To get everybody on the field, get everybody involved in a ballgame on this first road trip,” said Farrell. “[R.A.] Dickey’s kind of an unusual matchup for us and I think there are certain types of swings that we have felt, over a course of time, that have played better against a knuckleballer. It’s an opportunity for Rusney to get into center field, put Panda on the field as well, who’s swung the bat in a limited number of bats but at least he’s swung the bat decently against Dickey. This keeps everybody involved.”

Chris Young, who is 1-for-13 lifetime against Dickey, is expected to make his first start of the season tomorrow.

Despite needing the bullpen for six innings on Friday, Farrell thinks he’ll have enough coverage on Saturday.

“Barnes will be available. We’re certainly covered, we’ve got the ability to match up if needed. We’re in decent shape,” Farrell said.

Tito talks Farrell, Papi

The Red Sox open the 2016 season against a familiar face in Indians manager Terry Francona, who guided Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Francona is always all-business once the games begin. But he was expansive on his close friend  John Farrell as well as David Ortiz during Sunday’s news conference.

This will be Farrell’s first regular-season game since undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer last summer. Francona  accompanied Farrell to his first treatment and has been in constant contact with his former pitching coach.

“Once the game starts, you want to win so bad that you don’t really care who is over there. But certainly seeing him, I saw him earlier today walking to the clubhouse, certainly seeing him healthy and smiling and laughing is more meaningful than any game we’ll ever play. Once the game starts, we want to win bad. So do they. But seeing him happy and healthy and smiling is better than anything else.”

He’s one of my best friends so I’ve talked to him a lot. I don’t think he ever doubted this would have happened this way. I don’t think, as a friend, I would have doubted it either just because I know him. I know the care he was getting. That was really something to see. One of the things I was happiest about is that I knew Larry Ronan was watching out and was in charge of everything  that was going on with John. I was really grateful for that. If you’re going to have something that’s serious, you can’t be in better hands.”

Francona  has never downplayed how vital Ortiz was to the two World  Series rings he owns. There will be a lot of attention on Ortiz in this, his final season. Francona thinks the gregarious slugger deserves all the accolades he gets.

“I know what he’s meant to Boston. He went there and some guys kind of shrink in that atmosphere and he just blossomed. It brought out his true personality and he embraced it. He’s  been through a lot there. He’s certainly the face of the Red Sox, or one of them, and probably the same goes for the face of baseball. He’s got that big smile that when you walk in the room, or when somebody walks in the room, he can disarm you just like that. I don’t care who you are. He’s a big teddy bear.”

Then, Francona displayed the humor he is known for.

“I think all things considered, because it is his last year, I think he should take the next three days off and just enjoy Cleveland and we’ll honor him at home plate, but he should probably not play.”

Francona realized  early on in his time in Boston that Ortiz was not only an impact figure on the field  but also off of it.

“Early on when I got there, I realized real quick you could go to him if you got something you needed to get done, which is important, real important. And we had a lot of guys like that. David transcends languages, colors, things like that. If you were in his uniform, that was what mattered. That meant a lot to me. David and I went through a lot. Good. Some tough, The pinch hitting one year. He’s a proud man. That was hard for him. Hard for me. But we fought through it and that’s what’s more important.”

Ortiz’s first start at Fenway since ’05

For nearly a decade, it was a certainty that David Ortiz would only need his first baseman’s mitt for a road Interleague or World Series game, in which the Red Sox did not have the designated hitter. But things changed on Sunday, as the slugger got the nod at first and the heavily-slumping Mike Napoli was on the bench.

Hanley Ramirez served as the designated hitter. This was Ortiz’s first start at first base in a game being played under American League rules since June 22, 2006, at Seattle. It was his first start at first at Fenway since July 16, 2005 against the Yankees.

“Well, today’s lineup I think gives us the best lineup we can put on the field,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “[We] Recognize that it’s been quite some time since David has played first base in an American League game. It also gives us the ability to put [Alejandro] De Aza in left field. It’s about putting the best lineup on the field today.”

Ortiz playing first will not become a staple for the Red Sox. This seemed to be an isolated occurrence, and the Red Sox have a day off on Monday in which the 39-year-old DH will be able to rest his legs.

I don’t know how frequently we would see this going forward,” said Farrell. “David and I had a chance to talk after the game last night, then this morning. Tomorrow with an off-day this was kind of an ideal set of circumstances to get him at first base.”

If Napoli continues to struggle, the Red Sox would have the option of getting Brock Holt more regular playing time at first base once Dustin Pedroia returns from the disabled list.

Ortiz has generally held his own while playing first for the Red Sox, making standout plays in the World Series in 2004 and ’07.

“A guy like me, when I play first base, the thing is that when you’re playing defense out there you got to do a lot of bending and a lot of moving. You’re moving a lot every time the pitcher makes a pitch,” said Ortiz. “So maybe the next day you feel a little sore or whatever, but it goes away. I kind of start feeling things out as the game goes and try not to go too crazy.”

Napoli’s struggles have been one of the surprises of the season. The first baseman is hitting .192 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and a .652 OPS.

“Napoli’s what, 32 years old? He’s still young,” said Ortiz. “He’s going to come out of it. It’s just not that easy to come out of it. You can have a good game and that gives you the positive vibe, and all of a sudden you are hitting. It’s just like, when you never see that game come, you just keep on digging and digging and digging, and it’s hard to come out of it.”


Ortiz dropped to five-hole

David Ortiz, off to his worst start to a season since 2010, was dropped to fifth in the batting order tonight by manager John Farrell.

This is the first time Ortiz has started a game at a spot other then third or fourth since 2012, under Bobby Valentine.

Pablo Sandoval will hit third, followed by Hanley Ramirez, at Target Field against Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey.

Ortiz apologizes to MLB, Torre, scorer for gripe

First things first. Official scorer Bob Ellis changed his call from last Wednesday’s Red Sox-Twins game at Fenway Park, crediting David Ortiz with a hit on a ball first baseman Joe Mauer bobbled on a half-dive.

Ortiz gave a thumbs down sign up to the press box during the game and was critical of Ellis following the game. But on Monday, Ortiz admitted the way he expressed his frustration was wrong.

“All I have to say is I know I owe an apology to MLB, Mr. Joe Torre, even the scorekeeping guys,” said Ortiz. “I know that I had frustration come out that way, and that’s not what you really want. You don’t want things to be like that and everything.”

Ortiz admitted that the way things have gone for him this season — he was hitting .248 entering Monday’s game — probably played a role in his actions.

“This has been a season already that has been jam-packed with frustration. At the end of the day, our job is based on results. I sit down and watch that TV every night after the game and I go 0-for-4, and all people talk and [complain] about is why I’m not hitting .300. of course, you don’t want to get caught into a situation … we are a family that of course needs to protect each other. The whole week has been about me protecting over a hit. There’s a lot of people mad at me because I argued something that I didn’t think I should get. I don’t blame them. I’m not apologizing just because I got that result. It’s because the message was spread out based on frustration. That’s why I’m apologizing.”

“Like I say man, it’s just something, I didn’t want the message to come out that way but it already happened and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

When someone mentioned to Ortiz that he wound up being right that the call should have been ruled a hit, he said, “Well, let’s keep it classy.”

Price responds to Papi

After David Ortiz ripped David Price for plunking him in the back, the lefty responded on Saturday.

Was Price surprised that Big Papi crushed him with so many verbal barbs?

“Not really. He was mad. So I get it,” Price said. “We all say stupid stuff when we’re mad. Been there. I’m sure he probably wishes he wouldn’t have said some of the things he said. You can’t relate the game that we play to a war. Kellen Winslow got a lot ofr crap for saying he was a soldier. You’re not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It’s not a good comparison.”

Did it both Price what Ortiz said?

“No. It didn’t bother me. Not one bit, honestly, It really didn’t. I’m not worried about it. Keep going,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz’s contract terms

Here are the official terms of David Ortiz’s new contract:

2015 season, $16 million.

2016 option starts at $10 million and vests in the following way based on the 2015 season:

425 plate appearances is $11 million.

475 plate appearances is $12 million

525 plate appearances is $13 million

550 plate appearances is $14 million

575 plate appearances is $15 million

600 plate appearances is $16 milion.

The 2017 option is strictly a club option, but it has exactly the same vesting escalators if the Red Sox choose to pick up the option.

Odds and ends from college doubleheader

The Red Sox of 2014 have played baseball for the first time, albeit against college opponents Northeastern and Boston College.

Northeastern lefty has moment to remember: The most entertaining portion of the afternoon was when Northeastern lefty James Mulvy — a West Roxbury native and Boston Latin School graduate — struck out Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz back-to-back.

Yes, the kid will have something to talk about when he holds court on the quad between classes this spring. And Ortiz doesn’t blame him if he wants to brag.

“I was just trying to see if I could get a strike to hit or whatever. He ended up throwing me a nasty breaking ball, whatever it was. He can party tonight,” Ortiz said.

Comeback story:  It’s doubtful Grady Sizemore will party tonight, but he has reason to be excited after playing his first baseball game since Sept. 22, 2011. Sizemore, an ongoing storyline this spring, went 0-for-2 in his debut.

“Exciting,” said Sizemore. “I was looking forward to it for a couple of days now. I was happy to get out there and get back into games.”

A more comfortable De La Rosa: Rubby De La Rosa, one of the pitchers the Red Sox got back in the August, 2012 blockbuster with the Dodgers, appeared at ease in firing two shutout innings against BC. The righty has been working on his mechanics and is much more familiar with the organization than when he arrived in Fort Myers a year ago.

“I just see a more relaxed guy on the mound,” said John Farrell. “Yeah, I think the second year past, or second year of pitching further away from Tommy John is going to lend to that. He’s come into camp I thought in pretty good shape physically. And all those things combined, I think it was a product of what we saw today.”

A Workman-like effort: After what he did under fire last season, Brandon Workman would be almost a sure thing to make most rosters this spring. But the Red Sox are loaded in the pitching department and there might have to be an injury for Workman to make the team out of Spring Training. He was solid against Northeastern, firing two clean innings.

“It’s a tribute to the focus and the concentration that he’s gained a reputation of coming through the system, what he showed last year in the two different roles in which he pitched,” Farrell said. “And today he comes out, he attacks the strike zone, showed a good breaking ball. I think in addition to him, overall, it was a good day on the mound.”

Tomorrow’s activity: The Red Sox open the Grapefruit League portion of their schedule on Friday, when the Twins make the short bus ride to JetBlue Park. Anthony Ranaudo, the talented righty Pedro Martinez touted earlier in the week, will draw the start against the Twins. Manager John Farrell said the entire starting infield of Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks will be in the lineup.

Papi adds to his legend

Perhaps it was only fitting that just hours after Tom Brady threw a game-winning touchdown pass to beat the Saints with five seconds left, David Ortiz ripped a game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.

Just as Brady has created volumes of fourth-quarter comebacks to thrill the New England sports fan, Ortiz has come through time and again for his Red Sox, particularly in the month of October.

Consider the fact that all of these moments could be the signature hit of many players’ entire career. But for Ortiz, it all adds up to a best-of-list.

Game 4, 2003 ALDS – Hits a two-run double with two outs in bottom of the eighth against A’s closer Keith Foulke to put the Red Sox ahead and send the series to a deciding Game 5.

Game 3, 2004 ALDS – Two-run walkoff homer against Jarrod Washburn in the bottom of the 10th lifts the Red Sox to a sweep against the Angels.

Game 4, 2004 ALCS – Two-run walkoff homer against Paul Quantrill in the bottom of the 12th helps Sox crawl out of 3-0 series deficit against Yankees.

Game 5, 2004 ALCS – Ortiz rips a towering homer to left against Tom Gordon in the eighth, slicing NYY deficit to 4-3, and adds walkoff single  to center in the 14th inning against Esteban Loaiza, sending the ALCS back to New York. Sox win in seven games.

Game 7, 2004 ALCS – Ortiz sets the tone with a two-out, two-run homer in the first, as the Sox become first team in history to comeback from 0-3 series deficit in postseason.

Game 5, 2008 ALCS – The Red Sox trailed the Rays, 7-0, with nine outs left in their season. But Ortiz’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh makes it a 7-4 game, and sets the stage for J.D. Drew’s walkoff hit in the ninth.

Game 2, 2013 ALCS – Ortiz’s two-out grand slam in the eighth ties a game the Sox trailed 5-0 against the Tigers and go on to win, 6-5.