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David Ortiz gets rare start in field

Updated: June 30, 2011, 12:13 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Adrian Gonzalez volunteered to sit out Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, to give David Ortiz a chance to start a game against the Pirates.

Francona declined. "He's the best hitter in baseball," the manager said Wednesday.

But with the Red Sox at the midway point of their nine-game excursion of National League parks, Francona elected Wednesday to deploy Gonzalez in right field and Ortiz at first base, a move that he contended ...

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