David Ortiz a Late Scratch in Game 1 of Doubleheader With Rays Due to Illness


Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was a very late scratch from the first game of a day-night doubleheader against Tampa Bay on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Ortiz was in the original lineup, batting in his usual fifth spot. Just as the first pitch from Jon Lester was being delivered to begin the game, the team announced that Ortiz had been removed from the lineup due to an illness.

Jed Lowrie took over at DH. It is his first career game in that role.

Ortiz has been swinging a hot bat of late. He is 13-for-26 (.500) with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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