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

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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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