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Sox Notes: Roster Moves, Middlebrooks and Napoli Out

BOSTON – Before Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Fenway Park, the Red Sox made a series of roster moves.

Catcher David Ross, who had been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 with a ruptured plantar fascia tendon in his right foot, was activated. He is behind the plate, catching Clay Buchholz, batting ninth.

To make room on the roster for Ross, catcher Daniel Butler was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Outfielder/first baseman Alex Hassan was called up from Pawtucket. This is his second stint this season with the Sox. He made his major league debut June 1, and appeared in two games before going back to the PawSox.

To make room on the roster, knuckleballer Steven Wright went back to Pawtucket.

• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is not in the starting lineup. He left Tuesday’s game in the fourth inning, tweaking his right hamstring when he beat out an infield single. He is considered day to day, said manager John Farrell.

Brock Holt is at third, batting lead-off.

• First baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup, sidelined by back spasms. Kelly Johnson is at first base, batting sixth.

• David Ortiz leads baseball with 92 RBI. He has driven in 19 percent of the Sox’ 480 runs this season. According to Elias, he could become the second major leaguer to lead his league in RBI while playing for a team that finished last in runs scored. Wall Berger accomplished the feat in 1935 with the Boston Braves, when he drove in 130 of the team’s 575 runs. He could also become just the third player in the divisional era to lead the majors in RBI while playing for a last-place team. Andre Dawson did so in 1987 with the Cubs, and Alex Rodriguez did with the Rangers in 2002.

• Double-A Portland clinched the first playoff spot in the Eastern League. At 79-50, with a .612 winning percentage, the Sea Dogs have the best record in the minors above Single-A.

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