The streak has been a Catch-22 because Ortiz is getting on base and running a lot.
It will be interesting to see how the Sox handle Ortiz when they begin playing interleague road games at the end of the month. Ortiz played first base in previous seasons, but with his heel issues and with Mike Napoli a fixture at first, Ortiz might get more time off.
Dempster still a go
Ryan Dempster went to the bullpen to be the long man if Monday’s game had continued. While Dempster made some warm-up throws, Farrell said the righthander will still make his scheduled start on Tuesday night . . . Will Middlebrooks, who was 3 for 19 on the road trip and 1 for 7 in Texas, was back in the lineup after sitting Sunday but batted eighth. He finished 1 for 5. Shane Victorino also returned after not starting Sunday, batting second and playing right field. He hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and totaled three hits. The Sox are being careful with Victorino, who recently missed seven games with lower back tightness . . . After a three-hit night, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .350 at home.