05/07/2013 7:46 PM ET
Big Papi extends hitting streak to 27 games
By Ian Browne and Jason Mastrodonato / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The hit machine known as David Ortiz keeps chugging along.
In the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday's contest against the Twins, Ortiz raked a hard single to left, extending his career-long hitting streak to 27 games.
Ortiz started this season late as he returned from a right Achilles injury. But the loss of Spring Training did nothing to hamper him in the early stages of this season.
The designated hitter has hit in all 15 games he's played during 2013, and his streak goes back to July 2, 2012.
Webster summonded to start in Doubront's spot
BOSTON -- Highly touted pitching prospect Allen Webster, who was impressive in his Major League debut for the Red Sox on April 21, will get another chance on Wednesday night when he starts against the Twins.
Webster was summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the roster spot of Joel Hanrahan, who was sent to the disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Webster is taking Felix Doubront's spot in this turn around the rotation. Doubront, a left-hander, has been inconsistent this season and his velocity has been diminished in recent starts.
Doubront will be available as a reliever for both Tuesday and Wednesday's games against the Twins. Manager John Farrell said that the plan for now is to get him back into the rotation the next time around.
"I think everyone looks forward to seeing that guy on the mound," Farrell said of Webster. "He's got great stuff. He showed he's got very good poise in the first outing that he made for us. We'll see it again tomorrow night."
The Red Sox hope that perhaps some of Doubront's velocity will come back during his short stint in the bullpen. The club is puzzled by his fastball decreasing, given that they can't find any health problems with him.
Webster had a 2.70 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 20 innings with Pawtucket.
In his lone start for the Red Sox, Webster allowed two earned runs over six innings, walking one and striking out five.
Iglesias on Pawtucket's bench to 'regroup'
BOSTON -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias, who opened the season with the Red Sox, has been benched in recent days for unspecified reasons by Triple-A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina.
Iglesias was pulled by DiSarcina in midgame Saturday. Tuesday marked the third straight day he was not in Pawtucket's lineup.
"I think, you know, just in the reports from the Triple-A staff, we felt it was best he needed a couple of days to regroup," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "[He needs to] kind of get back to what has allowed him to be a very good player and experience success. He's dealing with some things."
When Stephen Drew opened the season on the disabled list, Iglesias was Boston's starting shortstop for the first week of the season. Iglesias seized that opportunity, hitting .450 in 20 at-bats.
Iglesias is hitting .235 in 35 games for Pawtucket this season, hitting three homers with 10 RBIs.
• Lefty Franklin Morales, who has had a hard time getting healthy this season, will make another attempt on Tuesday when he pitches a two-inning stint for Double-A Portland. Morales will restart his 30-day rehab clock after being shut down a couple of weeks ago by a left pec injury. He has yet to pitch for Boston this season.
• With left-hander Scott Diamond making the start for the Twins on Tuesday, manager John Farrell inserted Jonny Gomes and David Ross into his starting lineup, while Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia got the night off.
• The Red Sox will celebrate "Women and Baseball" throughout the month of May, including Mother's Day, when "Moms Run the Bases," together with their children. The club will also shine the spotlight on women who work in the game, who play the game, and who, as fans, simply love the game.
• On Mother's Day Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Fenway Park Tours will be free for women. The tours will highlight the contributions of women in Red Sox history.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.