BOSTON – David Ortiz started at first base in Fenway Park for the first time since July 16, 2005.
He hadn't started a non-interleague game at first since Aug. 5, 2006, when the Red Sox played at the Tampa Bay Rays.
"Today's lineup, I think, gives us the best lineup we can put on the field," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I recognize it's been quite some time since David's played first base in an American League game.
"Anytime David's name comes up, you think DH, and yet every game that we've seen him play first base he plays it freely, he plays it naturally. I expect that to take place today."
Boston benched struggling first baseman Mike Napoli, who is hitting .192 with 10 homers and 30 RBI.