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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Ortiz will be shut down for several days of spring training because of sore left heel, and the Boston Red Sox are hoping the break from baseball activities won't prevent the slugging designated hitter from being ready for opening day.

Manager John Farrell made the announcement after Sunday's 6-2 exhibition victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. He expects Ortiz to be out for five to seven days because of inflammation revealed by MRI tests.

"It's separate from any kind of previous issues that he dealt with. It's in the bone-tendon juncture, where he's feeling the inflammation," Farrell said.

"As a result, we're going to shut him down for a few days here to let that quiet down completely before we initiate any kind baseball activities after that," he said.

The manager stopped short of calling it a setback for the eight-time All-Star, who is still making his way back from a strained right Achilles tendon that limited him to 90 games last season.

"Compared to where he was a year ago, we feel like there's progress being made. There's no question about that," Farrell said. "Yet he's dealing we an issue, and we've got to give it time to clear up."

MRI tests were performed on both of Ortiz's heels on Saturday. Farrell is cautiously optimistic that sitting out up to a week affect Ortiz's status for the start of the regular season.

"We're three weeks away. He's going to need at-bats," the manager said. "We're not foregoing opening day right now, but we're starting to get into an area where - depending on how many days we need to shut him down - it's going to have a direct bearing on where we are come opening day."

The encouraging news for the Ortiz and the Red Sox is the soreness he's experienced in both heels is in a boney area - not the Achilles tendon.

"I think any time we can give some assurance that there's no re-injury, there's no further damage of any kind, that's got to give some peace of mind," Farrell said. "Yet the frustration exists because of not being on the field."

David Ross hit a three-run homer off Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, and John Lackey allowed two runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings to pace Sunday's victory.

Jeremy Hazelbaker and Pedro Ciriaco also drove in runs for the Red Sox. Yunel Escobar had an RBI infield single and Evan Longoria added a sacrifice fly off Lackey.

Meanwhile, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg arrived in camp and commented on several topics, including David Price's future, sagging attendance and his expectations for the upcoming season.

"I feel really good," Sternberg said about several offseason moves aimed at improving a roster that won 90 games, yet finished third in the AL East last season. "We left no stone unturned. We had a plan coming in when the offseason started and I think we nailed it pretty well."

Besides acquiring Escobar in a trade, the Rays also signed first baseman James Loney and second baseman Kelly Johnson to shore up the infield. Pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis were dealt to Kansas City in a deal that brought the Rays several highly regarded minor league prospects, including outfielder Wil Myers.

Poor attendance remains a sore point, but Sternberg wasn't complaining Sunday, when he noted the team's payroll of just over $60 million remains higher than it should be for a team that drew a major league-low 1,559,681 to Tropicana Field in 2012.

Nevertheless, the owner said it's not totally out of the question that the Rays could find a way to sign Price, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, to a long-term contract.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman previously "said, and correctly, there's no question we could handle a contract like David's. But what are you going to be able to put around him?" Sternberg said, declining to speculate on what the team eventually will do with Price, who's set to earn $10.125 million this season.

"Right now, and correctly, David is focused on this season. We're focused on this season, and I think speculatively it really is way too early for people to be focused on what's three or four years from now," Sternberg said. "But obviously David is an enormous part of this organization, and has been so throughout all the success."

 
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J. Lackey
IP 3.2
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D. Ross
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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF2000110 .227
    Shannon Wilkerson, CF2000011 .000
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000011 .304
    Ryan Dent, 2B1110100 .333
Daniel Nava, LF2110100 .227
    Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF2011011 .357
Ryan Lavarnway, DH3000012 .143
   a- Mark Hamilton, PH-DH0000100 .176
Ryan Sweeney, RF3110000 .280
    Juan Carlos Linares, RF1000012 .364
David Ross, C3113010 .083
    Christian Vazquez, C1000010 .214
Lyle Overbay, 1B3020000 .261
    Mauro Gomez, PR-1B1100010 .200
Drew Sutton, 3B2000111 .235
    Brock Holt, PR-3B1100000 .185
Pedro Ciriaco, SS3011000 .320
    Jon Diaz, PR-SS1000000 .133
Totals34685510  
a-walked for Lavarnway in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hazelbaker (2, Sandoval)
HR - David Ross (1, Moore)
RBI - Jeremy Hazelbaker (1), David Ross 3 (4), Pedro Ciriaco (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hazelbaker (1)
CS - Pedro Ciriaco (1, 2nd base by Liberatore/Gimenez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Diaz
E - John Lackey (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey (W,2-0) 3.2422120 8.10
Clayton Mortensen (H,1) 1.1000010 6.23
Koji Uehara (H,4) 1000010 0.00
Daniel Bard (H,2) 1100010 0.00
Junichi Tazawa (H,2) 1000000 3.38
Steven Wright 1000110 8.59
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 24-19, Clayton Mortensen 6-6, Koji Uehara 5-5, Daniel Bard 5-5, Junichi Tazawa 3-3, Steven Wright 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 4-5, Clayton Mortensen 2-1, Koji Uehara 1-1, Daniel Bard 1-0, Junichi Tazawa 1-2, Steven Wright 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 16, Clayton Mortensen 4, Koji Uehara 3, Daniel Bard 3, Junichi Tazawa 3, Steven Wright 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS3011000 .348
    Wil Myers, RF1000000 .280
Kelly Johnson, 2B2000110 .190
    Mike Fontenot, 3B1000000 .250
Evan Longoria, 3B2001000 .389
    Shelley Duncan, 1B1000000 .185
Matt Joyce, RF3000002 .286
    Cole Figueroa, 2B0000100 .412
James Loney, 1B3010010 .240
    Hak-Ju Lee, SS1000001 .214
Chris Gimenez, C3010001 .500
    Brandon Guyer, PR-LF1000011 .231
Jack Cust, DH3000031 .176
Leslie Anderson, LF3110001 .406
    Stephen Vogt, C0000000 .300
Sean Rodriguez, CF3110000 .154
Totals3025226  
Batting
SF - Evan Longoria (1)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (7), Evan Longoria (4)
SB - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off Lackey/Ross)
CS - Brandon Guyer (1, 2nd base by Bard/Vazquez)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Lee-Duncan
E - Yunel Escobar (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (L,0-2) 3.2433221 8.22
Adam Liberatore 0.2000010 2.70
Josh Lueke 1.2000020 1.29
Juan Sandoval 1333310 6.75
Will Inman 1000020 0.00
Enny Romero 1100020 0.00
WP - Juan Sandoval (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 31-21, Adam Liberatore 5-4, Josh Lueke 9-9, Juan Sandoval 20-7, Will Inman 7-7, Enny Romero 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 3-6, Adam Liberatore 1-0, Josh Lueke 1-2, Juan Sandoval 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 17, Adam Liberatore 2, Josh Lueke 5, Juan Sandoval 8, Will Inman 3, Enny Romero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7069
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Kolin Kline