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March 11, 2013

Red Sox shut down Ortiz with sore heel, beat Rays

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The encouraging news for the Ortiz and the Red Sox is the soreness he’s experienced in both heels is in a boney area — not the Achilles tendon.

“I think any time we can give some assurance that there’s no re-injury, there’s no further damage of any kind, that’s got to give some peace of mind,” Farrell said. “Yet the frustration exists because of not being on the field.”

David Ross hit a three-run homer off Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, and John Lackey allowed two runs and four hits in 3 2-3 innings to pace Sunday’s victory.

Jeremy Hazelbaker and Pedro Ciriaco also drove in runs for the Red Sox. Yunel Escobar had an RBI infield single and Evan Longoria added a sacrifice fly off Lackey.

Meanwhile, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg arrived in camp and commented on several topics, including David Price’s future, sagging attendance and his expectations for the upcoming season.

“I feel really good,” Sternberg said about several offseason moves aimed at improving a roster that won 90 games, yet finished third in the AL East last season. “We left no stone unturned. We had a plan coming in when the offseason started and I think we nailed it pretty well.”

Besides acquiring Escobar in a trade, the Rays also signed first baseman James Loney and second baseman Kelly Johnson to shore up the infield. Pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis were dealt to Kansas City in a deal that brought the Rays several highly regarded minor league prospects, including outfielder Wil Myers.

Poor attendance remains a sore point, but Sternberg wasn’t complaining Sunday, when he noted the team’s payroll of just over $60 million remains higher than it should be for a team that drew a major league-low 1,559,681 to Tropicana Field in 2012.

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