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Red Sox plan to remain patient with Ortiz

WELCOME BACK: Alex Rodriguez leads a line of Yankees ready to embrace Angels DH Hideki Matsui after Matsui received his 2009 World Series ring. Matsui was the series MVP for New York.

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WELCOME BACK: Alex Rodriguez leads a line of Yankees ready to embrace Angels DH Hideki Matsui after Matsui received his 2009 World Series ring. Matsui was the series MVP for New York.

Flailing Red Sox DH David Ortiz will get plenty of time to try to work out of his slump.

During his weekly interview on a Boston radio station, manager Terry Francona said Ortiz is clearly frustrated, but it's too early to give up on him.

"I don't know if anybody has the exact right answer," Francona said. "But until you do … as a manager you better err on the side of caution. Because you can't just treat these guys like chess pieces."

Ortiz, 34, whose numbers have dropped significantly the past two seasons, is hitting .136 (3-for-22) with two RBIs and 11 strikeouts. He has missed on 44 percent of his swings this season, compared to a league average of 20 percent.

In other Red Sox news, RHP Boof Bonser, the former Gibbs standout, allowed nine runs in two innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. Bonser is on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

WOMAN EMULATES WAKEFIELD: Female pitcher Eri Yoshida says she hopes to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Red Sox RHP Tim Wakefield, when she heads to the minor leagues next month.

Yoshida, 18, is a knuckleballer who told a news conference she learned her style by watching video of Wakefield. She also recently got a few tips from the 43-year-old All-Star at the Red Sox spring facility at Fort Myers.

"I want to practice knuckle pitching more, and I want to become a stable knuckleball player like Wakefield," Yoshida said.

Yoshida, Japan's first female professional baseball player, has signed with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League.

DELGADO VISIT: Free-agent 1B Carlos Delgado took a break from his rehab after hip surgery to visit his former Mets teammates at Coors Field. Delgado, 37, said he's focused on getting healthy and not on his return to baseball.

ANGELS: Former Rays LHP Scott Kazmir, on the disabled list with left shoulder tightness, felt good a day after a bullpen session and is expected to make his season debut Thursday against the Yankees.

BLUE JAYS: Cuban SS prospect Adeiny Hechavarria agreed to a $10 million, four-year contract. The right-handed hitter turns 21 on April 15.

CUBS: 1B Derrek Lee is day to day after leaving Monday's game with inflammation in his right thumb.

D'BACKS: RHP Brandon Webb played catch for the second straight day and said he felt good. The former NL Cy Young Award winner had shoulder surgery in August.

MARLINS: Former Ray Jorge Cantu became the first player since Hall of Famer George Kelly in 1921 to have at least one hit and one RBI in the first eight games of the season.

REDS: RF Jay Bruce apologized after he was caught on camera making an obscene gesture in jest toward his dugout Monday. He made the gesture in response to good-natured heckling after he snapped an 0-for-17 skid. "It's not a laughing matter, obviously," Bruce said. "It's one of the more stupid things I had ever done."

YANKEES: C Jorge Posada hit his 345th career double, passing Mickey Mantle for seventh on the club's all-time list.

Red Sox plan to remain patient with Ortiz 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:38pm]
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