David Ortiz Returns to Designated Hitter Spot For Red Sox’ Return to Fenway Park


David Ortiz is back where he belongs, serving as the designated hitter and batting fifth Monday as the Red Sox return to Fenway Park.

The nine-game sojourn through National League parks is finished, ending a stretch during which manager Terry Francona had to find creative ways to get both Adrian Gonzalez and Ortiz in the lineup. The Red Sox will be home until the All-Star break.

The Red Sox welcome the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for game one of a three-game series. The Jays are coming off a surprising 7-4 rout of Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, who was coming off a red-hot June in which he went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA. Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista, batting third against the Red Sox, homered in all three games against the Phillies.

John Lackey (5-7, 6.81 ERA) starts for the Red Sox opposite Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow (4-4, 4.56).

First pitch is 1:35 p.m.

The lineups:

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
Josh Reddick, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
J.D. Drew, RF
Marco Scutaro, SS

Blue Jays
Rajai Davis, CF
Eric Thames, LF
Jose Bautista, 3B
Adam Lind, 1B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Travis Snider, RF
Jose Molina, C
John McDonald, SS

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