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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Quick hits: Ortiz gets night off

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Some quick hits from Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon:

* Despite the miserable conditions, manager John Farrell expects the Red Sox and Athletics will play Tuesday night.

* David Ortiz is not in the lineup but is not hurt, the manager said. Farrell said he was planning to give Ortiz the night off, a decision made easier by the lousy conditions. The Sox have not placed any limitations on Ortiz as far as sliding, despite what looked like an awkward arrival into second base on his second-inning double Monday night. Ortiz had a good read on the play in left-center, Farrell said, and while the play was close, correctly determined a slide was unnecessary.

* John Lackey came out of his rehab appearance in Portland with the normal arm stiffness pitchers have after a start, Farrell said. Lackey is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday and, if all goes well, will make another start Sunday, either a rehab assignment or for the Sox. Farrell said he hopes it is for the Sox, but that decision will not come until after the Sox see how Lackey is Thursday. A wise guy might say that since the Sox are facing Houston (5-14) on Sunday, that would be tantamount to another minor league start, anyway.

Lackey went 3 2/3 scoreless innings for Double-A Portland on Monday night, throwing 67 pitches, 45 for strikes. He struck out five and walked two, allowing three hits.

* Jacoby Ellsbury has nine stolen bases and has yet to be caught this season. One more stolen base, and he will have tied his club record for steals in the month of April. He stole 10 in April 2009, the year he stole a club-record 70 bags.

Ellsbury also takes a 12-game hitting streak into Tuesday night’s game. That’s tied for the longest in the American League this season. Ellsbury has three multihit games during the streak, in which he is batting .308 (16-for-52), his overall average standing at .294.

* With their 9-6 win over Oakland on Monday, the Sox have won the first game of each of their first seven series this season. The last time the Sox did that was in 1917, according to STATS, Inc.

* The Sox are 10-0 when they score first. Only the Yankees are also undefeated (7-0) in games in which they score first.

* Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday night in Portland.

* With Andrew Bailey having pitched each of the past three days and five of the past six, Farrell said he hopes to avoid using him to close Tuesday night. Koji Uehara is a likely option.