SAN FRANCISCO -- Following his most impactful game of the season -- which included a three-run home run and a diving catch in front of the wall -- Mike Cameron was too sore to start Sunday against the Giants.
Cameron is still regaining his health after missing five weeks with a strained lower abdomen. Because of Dustin Pedroia's injury in the second inning Friday, Cameron had what basically amounted to starts on three straight days.
After Saturday's game, Cameron told manager Terry Francona that he wanted to play Sunday. But Francona was skeptical if Cameron would still feel that way when he got to the park Sunday.
"He's a little sore. I think we all kind of expected that," said Francona. "We actually talked to him last night after the game. I told him, 'Call me in the morning.' So he did and said, 'Yeah, I'm a little sore.' We appreciated his honesty."
Darnell McDonald, who also homered Saturday, started in center. Right fielder J.D. Drew (strained hamstring) was back in the lineup for the first time since June 18. Daniel Nava started in left.
Adrian Beltre got his first day off of the trip, as David Ortiz started at first and Kevin Youkilis moved across the diamond to third. It was the last game of the season the Red Sox will be without the designated hitter.