With no DH, Youkilis sitting as Ortiz takes first base
DENVER -- Kevin Youkilis made it clear Friday that a little pine time in the Rocky Mountains isn't going to crush his spirit. A prominent Boston hitter must take a seat in Denver, and Youkilis never expected it to be Mike Lowell, with his 120-RBI bat and slick defense, or David Ortiz, owner of three Silver Slugger awards.
"It is what it is. We know when we go to National League parks that there's no DH, and vice versa. I don't really know who it helps out. I guess we can evaluate it year to year."Ortiz, 31, wasn't always regarded as a substandard defender. In 1996, while playing for Seattle's Class A Wisconsin farm club, he was named the top defensive first baseman in the Midwest League. But his time in the field has steadily declined, to the point that he's made only 27 starts at first base for Boston since 2005.