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Game 127: Allen Craig Activated, Will DH as David Ortiz Gets Night Off

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Allen Craig, on the disabled list since Aug. 2 with a left foot sprain, has been activated by the Red Sox and will get the start at designated hitter tonight in the final game of a four-game series with the Angels.

Craig -- who has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket -- was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, along with right-hander Joe Kelly, for John Lackey. To make room for Craig, Alex Hassan was optioned to Pawtucket.

Craig went 1-for-3 with a two-run single and also scored a run for the PawSox Wednesday night. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in his other rehab start Monday night.

This will be Craig's second game for the Red Sox. On Aug. 1, when he landed awkwardly on the first base bag attempting to beat out an eight-inning double play. It is the same foot he injured last season, which has limited his offensive production this season.

Manager John Farrell said David Ortiz -- who is 8-for-10 with two homers and four walks in this -- a scheduled day off tonight to give him a break and get him off his feet.

"We've been wanting to give David a day off in the middle of this 17 day consecutive stretch," Farrell said. "Allen was scheduled for four at-bats in nine innings in right field in Pawtucket, so we'll take those four at-bats and put him in the DH spot here."

Farrell was asked about the possibility of having Craig's foot surgically repaired after the season. “I think it depends on how he responds to the consistent play over the rest of the schedule.” he said.

Mike Napoli (back) is out of the starting lineup tonight and is still receiving treatment. Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is also out but will be available tonight.

Here are full lineups:

RED SOX (56-70)
1. Brock Holt (L) 3B
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. Daniel Nava (S) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Allen Craig (R) DH
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Mookie Betts (R) CF
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C
SP Rubby De La Rosa (R) (4-4, 3.79)

ANGELS (75-50)
1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
2. Mike Trout (R) CF
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B
4. Josh Hamilton (L) DH
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Chris Iannetta (R) C
9. Collin Cowgill (R) LF
SP. Matt Shoemaker (R) SP (11-4, 3.84 ERA)

Game time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Fenway Park

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)

Notes: Angels starter Garrett Richards -- who tore his left pateller tendon Wednesday night against the Red Sox while covering first base -- will be out 6-9 months and will have surgery next week, the team announced Thursday... The Angels are looking to complete their first four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park in more than 52 years... De La Rosa beat the Angels 3-1 in Anaheim on Aug. 10 when he limited LA to a solo homer by Mike Trout and four other hits in seven innings... De La Rosa avoided a loss Saturday after being roughed up for six runs and nine hits in four innings before the Sox rallied to beat the Astros at Fenway, 10-7... Shoemaker picked up the victory in the Angels' 5-4, 19-inning win over the Red Sox on Aug. 9, striking out four in three perfect innings to close out the game... Shoemaker won at Texas in his last start on Saturday, yielding two runs and four hits while grinding out 5.2 innings of a 5-4 victory... David Ortiz hit his 30th home run of the season last night. This is Ortiz’s eighth career 30-homer campaign, all since joining the Red Sox in 2003. It ties Ted Williams for the most 30-homer seasons in franchise history.

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