Wash wanted to rib Ortiz over 'second hit'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ron Washington hoped to give David Ortiz a dose of ribbing during batting practice before tonight’s contest with the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park.

The Texas Rangers manager was informed that Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, thought he should be credited with two hits instead of one in Yu Darvish’s one-hitter.

Ortiz on Friday told the media that, “under the rules of baseball,’’ his seventh-inning fly ball that fell into shallow right field untouched by a Ranger should have been scored a hit, especially after the no-hitter bid became a moot point when Ortiz grounded a two-out, ninth-inning single through a defensive shift for the first Boston hit of the game.

“I’ll let David know about it,’’ a smiling Washington said. “I’ll give him some ragging today.’’

Washington’s take remains that the ball should have been caught.

“That ball off his bat was an out,’’ the manager said.

Asked about the rules of scoring and how when a ball that falls untouched is scored a hit, Washington waved off the question. “There have been a lot of rules lately. I’m getting bogged down with rules. My concern right now is Jon Lester,’’ he said.

Lester (3-4, 2.59 ERA) starts for the Red Sox tonight, opposed by Martin Perez (4-2, 3.59 ERA). The Rangers won the series opener behind Darvish’s brilliant effort. It was Darvish’s second one-hitter in less than 14 months.

Any plans for extra rest after Darvish’s 126-pitch effort will be predicated on how he rebounds, Washington said. Darvish is scheduled to make his regular start in Houston on Wednesday. The Rangers have two days off in the space of five days after that game, so extra rest could be possible then.

Good move: Elvis Andrus responded to his return to the No. 2 spot in the batting order with a four-hit night on Friday. “I never said he wasn’t my No. 2 guy,’’ Washington said. “That’s where I always wanted him. I just wanted to give him a little breather. I don’t know if it is good managing, but it worked out last night.’’

Matter of time: Prince Fielder is batting .290 in his last 20 games. “He hit one to the biggest parts of the park last night and it died,’’ Washington said of Fielder’s drive to right-center that was caught on Friday. “He’s seeing the ball well. It is just a matter of time. He’s not all the way there, but good enough to do some damage.’’