Takeaways from the Fort: Ortiz, at first

March, 2, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz will be playing at first base Saturday night against Boston College. He said he can’t remember the last time he played first in an exhibition game.

“We’re starting off on the wrong foot,’’ he said with a cackle. “It’s been a long time.’’

Some managers might shy away from risking an injury to a guy who only plays first base in the regular season in interleague play, but Bobby Valentine says Ortiz will get some innings here.

“He’s one of our first basemen,’’ Valentine said. “I was talking to Adrian and David. David doesn’t mind playing a lot, and Adrian wants to work his way into playing a lot. I suspect he’ll get innings.

“He looks good. He’s moving around well in drills. He’s a better-looking first baseman than I suspected right now.’’


-- Outfield invitee Jason Repko, who was scheduled to play in Thursday’s “B’ game, said he was a last-minute scratch because of a mild concussion he incurred in the last week of the 2011 regular season, when he was hit in the back of the head by a pitch from Cleveland’s Justin Masterson. Repko said he was fine within a few days, but had not taken the mandatory screening test MLB mandates when a player sustains a concussion. “I took it after the game, it lasted five minutes, and I was fine,’’ said Repko, who is scheduled to play left field against BC.

-- The afternoon game against Northeastern starts at 2:30, as Lee County officials have asked the Twins and Sox to stagger start times to control traffic flow on Daniels Parkway.

-- Valentine on the college twinbill: “Our scouting report on BC is a little bit more advanced than it is on Northeastern, but we’ll make due.’’

-- Jon Lester is scheduled to face Northeastern, with Felix Doubront, who has gotten regular raves from Valentine, pitching the nightcap against BC.

“I suspect the pitchers’ arms are tired right now.’’

--Valentine said he approves of the new postseason format, which adds another wild card in both leagues. “The more the merrier,’’ he said. “For fans, players, the energy at the end of the season, I don’t mind.’’ What will it be, a third of the teams (10 of 30)? I think it’ll be good.’’

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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