Red Sox's Ortiz sits out again because of knee bruise

Updated: April 28, 2008, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game Sunday with a bruised right knee.

David Ortiz

Ortiz

The Rays earned a three-game sweep against Boston with a 3-0 victory Sunday.

Ortiz was hurt while diving into first base attempting to beat out a double-play grounder in the final inning of Friday's 5-4, 11-inning loss to Tampa Bay.

"He's sore," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Ortiz is undergoing treatment for the injury, which is not considered serious.

Also, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who missed his last start with flu-like symptoms, is scheduled to pitch Wednesday. Dice-K threw a 50-pitch bullpen session at Fenway Park on Saturday.

"Try to give him an extra day toward recovery," Francona said.

Jon Lester will start Tuesday's opener of a three-game series with Toronto.


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