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Papi set to return; Iwakuma solid again

Updated: April 19, 2013, 1:03 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz seems pretty confident that he's ready for the big leagues again, even smacking a home run for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, and I certainly believe him. Ortiz fell out of my top 100 in mid-March only because concerns about his sore Achilles combined with his age made it seem likely there would be a few too many missed games. Perhaps that'll still be the case, but Ortiz is back sooner than expected, and, assuming the game is played given the ongoing situation in the city, he should be hitting cleanup in Boston's lineup Friday night against the Kansas City Royals. I wouldn't wait to activate him; he has had success against Royals right-hander James Shields in the past, with a .314 batting average, three home runs and more walks than strikeouts.

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