Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/12/13
11:30 a.m.: David Ortiz started the season like a house on fire, hitting .500 (18-for-36) with three home runs and 15RBIs in nine April games. He has struggled of late, though, hitting just .179 (7-for-39) in May. Ortiz will get the day off on Sunday, which is a move designed to get the slugger back-to-back days off — the Red Sox have an off day on Monday. That means Mike Napoli will become the team’s DH — which should also give him some rest — and bat cleanup. Mike Carp will be in Boston’s starting lineup. He’ll play first base and bat sixth. The rest of Sunday’s lineups are below. Red Sox (22-15) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, DH Daniel Nava, LF Mike Carp, 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.93 ERA) Blue Jays (14-24) Melky Cabrera, LF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, DH J.P. Arencibia, C Adam Lind, 1B Brett Lawrie, 3B Colby Rasmus, CF Emilio Bonifacio, 2B Munenori Kawasaki, SS Chad Jenkins, (0-0, —) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox were hoping Jon Lester’s one-hit shutout on Friday would send them back down a winning path. The club experienced another hiccup on Saturday, though, and now they face a rubber match with the Blue Jays on Sunday. The Red Sox were unable to get to Mark Buehrle on Saturday, but they rallied for two runs in the eighth inning. As quick as the Sox tied the game, the Jays grabbed the lead right back. Adam Lind sent Junichi Tazawa’s hanging slider over the center-field fence in the ninth inning, and Toronto walked away with a 3-2 win. Boston’s inability to generate offense — or more accurately, push across runs when they got runners on base — spoiled what was another solid start for Clay Buchholz. The right-hander really had only one rough frame, and he went eight innings without factoring in the decision. Ryan Dempster will be the one called upon for Boston on Sunday. He’s pitched well this season, although he suffered the loss behind some spotty defense against the Twins on Tuesday. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here for all sorts of other Sunday madness.
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