Ortiz out of lineup for just second time

Ortiz out of lineup for just second time

MIAMI -- Confined by National League rules this week, manager Bobby Valentine kept his most productive hitter out of the starting lineup on Tuesday night.

This marked just the second time this season David Ortiz hasn't been in the lineup. Both times, it's been in NL parks.

Without Papi, Kevin Youkilis started at first, with Will Middlebrooks at third and Adrian Gonzalez in right.

Interestingly, Ortiz is a .345 lifetime hitter in 58 at-bats against Marlins starter Mark Buehrle, adding in two homers and 11 RBIs. In 14 at-bats against the swift-working lefty, Youkilis has three hits (.214 average) and three RBIs.

  • 142 wins
  • 110 wins

After conferring with Ortiz, Valentine decided it made the most sense to give Ortiz the middle game of the series off so he wouldn't have to play first base on back-to-back days.

"The decision was made early with David that he wasn't going to play in the middle game of the series -- about two weeks ago," said Valentine. "It was early, so that wasn't a decision."

Ortiz is hitting .303 this season with 14 homers and 38 RBIs.