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Red Sox head to Los Angeles with a win

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 21, 2013 09:29 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO — That the Red Sox beat the Giants, 12-1, on Wednesday, and outscored them, 21-4, in the series underscores just how bad that loss was on Tuesday night.

That said, Felix Doubront pitched well and the offense came from all points of the lineup. Now the Red Sox have a day off before opening up a three-game series with the Dodgers that is sure to be interesting for many reasons.

Also:

• Will Middlebrooks is 15 of 34 (.441) with three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBIs since being sprung from Pawtucket. He has struck out only seven times while drawing six walks.

Middlebrooks also played three innings at second base and turned a double play.

“I haven’t turned a double play up the middle since I was 18 in Texarkana, Texas. It’s been a while,” said Middlebrooks, who played shortstop in high school and third base once he signed with the Sox but never so much as an inning at second until Wednesday.

• Officially, the Red Sox said David Ortiz came out of the game with lower-back tightness. Manager John Farrell called it “general soreness.”

Ortiz didn’t seem too concerned.

“It started grabbing me a little bit my first at-bat and I was trying to fight through it. It’s not anything bad,” he said. “It’s just a little tight and we were winning.”

The schedule also has played a role in Ortiz’s soreness. The team is close to the end of a stretch of playing 16 of 19 games on the road in three time zones. The Red Sox have two interleague road games in Colorado Sept. 24-25. Ortiz may need to play first base then, too.

“I’m telling you. I don’t know who did this schedule. Probably a Yankees fan,” Ortiz said.

• Ryan Dempster is eligible to return from suspension on Tuesday, but the Red Sox have pushed the righthander back to Aug. 30 against the White Sox. It will be an 11-day break for Dempster. He will throw a simulated game in Los Angeles on Friday to stay sharp.

• Clay Buchholz is scheduled for a bullpen session in Los Angeles on Friday. He will then join Lowell for a game in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., on Sunday against Hudson Valley. Triple A Pawtucket is home that day. But the Red Sox prefer Buchholz to face Rookie League hitters in what would be his first game since June 8.

• The Red Sox are a major league-best 11-4 in interleague games this season, outscoring National League teams, 95-36. Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in 18 consecutive interleague games dating to last season.

• The Giants were 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position in the series and scored four runs. Hard to believe this 56-70 team won the World Series last season.

• Mike Napoli was out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game. The first baseman is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Napoli has had only three plate appearances in the last five games. The Sox are hoping the time off will cure Napoli of his foot issue.

• Lars Anderson, once considered an elite Red Sox prospect, visited with some former teammates and coaches before the game. Anderson, a Bay Area native, was released by the White Sox last month.

• Red Sox principal owner John Henry is expected to join the team in Los Angeles on Friday.

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