David Ortiz Gets Night Off As Red Sox Look for Series Win in Finale With Blue Jays

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American League pitchers are likely running out of ideas when it comes to getting David Ortiz out as the Red Sox designated hitter has been red-hot since returning. It’s beginning to look like the only option is to hope that Ortiz’s name isn’t penciled into the lineup.

The Blue Jays are lucky enough to have that happen Thursday night, when Ortiz will get a night off (to start at least) in the final game of a three-game series between Toronto and Boston. The veteran DH is hitting .487 (19-for-39) since making his season debut, with at least an RBI in eight of the 10 games he’s played in this season. Ortiz will sit, though, as Toronto sends lefty J.A. Happ to the mound for the finale.

Happ is making his fifth career appearance against the Red Sox, his fourth start. He’s 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3 innings against Boston.

Here are the lineups for Thursday’s game.

Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jonny Gomes, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mike Napoli, DH
Daniel Nava, RF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Mike Carp, 1B
David Ross, C
Stephen Drew, SS

Ryan Dempster, P

Blue Jays

Brett Lawrie, 3B
Adam Lind, 1B
Jose Bautista, RF
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
J.P. Arencibia, C
Melky Cabrer, LF
Colby Rasmus, CF
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
Munenori Kawasaki, SS

J.A. Happ, P

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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