As the game got out of hand, Francona had third base coach DeMarlo Hale discreetly check with the position players to see who had past pitching experience. Van Every told Hale he pitched regularly in high school, earning him the assignment.(But was it Hale? Kevin McNamara of the Journal reports that Tito was huddled with John Farrell, while over at the Globe, Notebook co-authors Amalie Benjamin and Adam Kilgore opt for "the coaching staff".)
It's been quite a while, but I figured I'd just throw the ball over the plate and let the law of averages play out. ... All fastballs, 75-mph fastballs, just humming it in there. It's something you can tell your kids about. I pitched in the Major Leagues.Jason Varitek was the only position player left on the bench, so Terry Francona sent Lopez to right.
The last Sox pitcher to play the field was Tom Burgmeier, who played left (in place of Jim Rice) for one batter in Texas on August 3, 1980. That game was not a rout, however; the Red Sox won 6-4 in nine innings. ... Anyone have the poop on that game? Why the last-batter switch?
Michael Silverman, on David Ortiz's poor April 2009:
The starkest stat was that Ortiz has never gone a month in a Sox uniform, while active, without hitting at least one home run. In his 35 previous months, he has hit at least one.Also: Jed Lowrie will have the stitches from his left wrist surgery removed today. ... Rocco Baldelli has been taking batting practice and running at "a pretty good clip:, according to Terry Francona. ... Mark Kotsay will start a rehab stint with Pawtucket this weekend.
Ortiz' .341 slugging percentage also represented a low from the 35 months that preceded it. So did his on-base percentage of .289.