8/28/2014 12:15 A.M. ET
After missing two games, Papi returns to lineup
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- David Ortiz was back in the lineup on Wednesday after missing the previous two games with a bruised right foot. Big Papi singled twice and drove in a run during a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Ortiz has now reached base safely in 13 straight games. In the bottom of the fourth, Ortiz went up the middle on a fourth-pitch curveball from Toronto starter Marcus Stroman to record Boston's first hit. In the sixth, he sent a first-pitch heater to right field, cashing in David Ross to give the Red Sox a temporary 2-1 lead.
Escobar fires scoreless frame in debut with Sox
TORONTO -- Edwin Escobar made his Red Sox debut in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning of relief.
Escobar retired Steve Tolleson, Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro in order.
The Red Sox optioned Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday and recalled their No. 11 prospect in a corresponding move.
Hembree allowed three hits and three earned runs in the 11th inning of the Red Sox's 11-7 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday. He was largely shielded from the Blue Jays' late offense after Boston put up a seven-run 11th. After playing two consecutive extra-innings games, the Red Sox were in need of a fresh bullpen arm.
"[Escobar] is here for bullpen depth," said manager John Farrell. "If something unforeseen happens tonight, we have to cover ourselves about the innings."
Acquired in the Jake Peavy deal from the Giants, this is Escobar's first trip to the Majors in a Red Sox uniform. He made four appearances (three starts) last season with San Francisco, posting a 5.19 ERA over 8 2/3 frames.
The left-hander has split his time in 2014 between the PawSox and Fresno of the Pacific Coast League. Escobar was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 20 starts with Fresno and 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA in five starts with Pawtucket.
• Xander Bogaerts received medical clearance on Wednesday and will be activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, Farrell said ahead of the Red Sox's series finale against the Blue Jays.
"He's gone through some running and some throwing. He's on his way to Florida, he'll go through a full work day on Friday and then be ready for Saturday," Farrell said.
Bogaerts was hit in the head by Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday.
• The Red Sox have yet to announce a starter for Friday's series opener against the Rays. Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A following a rough outing on Sunday, but the club has yet to fill his spot in the rotation.
No. 5 prospect Anthony Ranaudo, who was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher, is a potential candidate to make his third big league start.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.