04/21/2013 6:15 PM ET
Gomes swings bats to honor Boston victims
By Jason Mastrodonato / MLB.com
BOSTON -- With the Boston Marathon bombing still on his mind, Jonny Gomes was using a pair of specially designed bats on Sunday.
Along the barrel of the wood was inscribed, "Boston Strong," with the names of the four mortally wounded victims -- Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, Krystle Campbell and Sean Collier -- added beneath.
"My agent contacted me and said he could make that happen if I'd be willing to swing them," Gomes said. "If not swing them, just trying to get the word out there, just do what I can. I've got four of them, took two of them into the game -- first at-bat, second at-bat.
"Two more coming and I'll have the whole team sign them, and then I'll auction them off and hopefully raise some funds for where it's needed."
Gomes went 0-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon, but was not in the lineup for the nightcap.
Lackey set for rehab start, could be back by week's end
BOSTON -- John Lackey is expected to take the mound for Double-A Portland on Monday for what could be his only rehab start before returning to the Red Sox.
Lackey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 7 with a strained right biceps, is expected to throw about four innings, or 65 pitches. If all goes well, he'll be back with the Sox by week's end.
"If he comes out of tomorrow as he came out of his bullpen [on Friday], we may be looking at just one start," said manager John Farrell.
With Franklin Morales pitching a bullpen session on Sunday and scheduled to pitch four innings for Portland on Wednesday, the Red Sox could have some decisions to make with their rotation. Morales, who is on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back, is being stretched out as a starter.
"Provided all continue through their progression without any setbacks, those decisions are probably in the next week," Farrell said. "Those are good situations to have to decide."
Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, on the DL with tendinitis in his left shoulder, could also return soon. He'll pitch an inning with Portland on Tuesday.
The Red Sox currently have only one left-handed reliever, Andrew Miller, in their bullpen.
"We always take an approach to take the best pitchers available, regardless of left-handed or right-handed," Farrell said. "Provided Craig gets back to what he's proven over the last few years, and Franklin does as well, that gives us more left-handed options to turn to."
Right-handers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa have both done well against left-handed batters this season. Lefties are hitting just .057 against Uehara and .211 against Tazawa.
"Koji and Taz have been outstanding against them," Farrell said. "But to add some versatility to the 'pen, yeah, that'd be a good thing."
FCC has no problem with Ortiz's comments
BOSTON -- Shortly after David Ortiz let an expletive fly through the loudspeakers at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it had no gripe with Ortiz's comments.
During the pregame ceremonies, Ortiz took the microphone and said, "This is our f------ city."
He later apologized, but said he felt as though Boston needed to get pumped up.
"A lot of positive comments. It was something that I just said," Ortiz said. "You've got to know how emotional I get sometimes. Going through what we went through this week, that was my feeling. I was hurting just like everyone else. That's how I am."
At 4:55 p.m. ET on Saturday, the FCC's official Twitter account posted, "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston -- Julius."
Since 2009, Julius Genachowski has been the chairman of the FCC, which regulates communications within the U.S.
Victorino skips doubleheader with tightness in back
BOSTON -- Shane Victorino, who left Saturday's 4-3 win over the Royals with tightness in his lower back, was held out of the lineups for Sunday's doubleheader.
Daniel Nava, who hit a go-ahead three-run homer on Saturday, took Victorino's spot in right field and batted second in the opener.
"[Victorino] feels improved from yesterday and last night, but there's still some tightness in the lower back," manager John Farrell said. "He is day to day, and we're holding him out so he can continue to get treatment."
Farrell announced after Game 1 that Victorino, who is hitting .311 with a .377 on-base percentage, would not play in the second game.
Ortiz skips Game 2 of twin bill with KC
BOSTON -- David Ortiz can give opposing pitchers heartburn and Red Sox fans adrenaline.
He won't be doing either in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals, as Ortiz will skip Game 2.
The Red Sox are still taking a cautious approach with Ortiz, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single on Saturday in his first game back after missing the first 15 games with discomfort in his right Achilles.
"Likely not," manager John Farrell said when asked if Ortiz would play in Game 2, "but we'll check in with him after Game 1. I think we have to be conscious with how much we load on [Ortiz's Achilles] right away."
Ortiz was in the lineup for Game 1, batting fourth as the designated hitter, and got the Sox on the board with an RBI single in the first.
Mike Carp, who has a single, two doubles and a triple in his last four at-bats, was in the lineup for Game 2, starting in left field, replacing Game 1 starter Jonny Gomes.