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Martinez will DH tonight; Ortiz out

4/28/2010

Victor Martinez will DH tonight as the Red Sox go for a sweep against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Terry Francona said Wednesday on WEEI’s “Dale & Holley Show.”

David Ortiz was Boston’s designated hitter on Monday night, but continued to struggle. He walked and scored the game-tying run in the second, but also bounced into a double-play, popped to center, and, in the eighth, with lefty Scott Downs on the mound, two outs, bases loaded -- got lifted for pinch-hitter Mike Lowell.

Lowell drew the game-deciding walk in Boston’s 2-1 victory.

On Wednesday, when asked on WEEI about pulling Ortiz, Francona said: "We are trying to do everything in our power to kind of scratch and claw and find a way to win a game … Every night, the way we are situated right now, there is going to be room to be second guessed."

Francona added: "I think you guys make more of it than we do. That's not what I'm thinking about during the game. I don't think David heard me when I was yelling at him right away. The idea is never to embarrass anybody, of course. But we are trying to run the game, and you don't know the situation before the at-bat comes up. You wait, but that's certainly not something we would ever try to do is embarrass anybody."

Notes:

-- The Sox have designated infielder Kevin Frandsen for assignment, to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Alan Embree, according to several reports. Frandsen, who was acquired from the Giants in the spring, was hitting .258 with two homers and four RBI for Pawtucket.