For at least one game in Philadelphia, the Red Sox will be without their cleanup hitter and the most potent designated hitter in the game, David Ortiz.
With the Red Sox getting their first taste of National League baseball this season, Ortiz will take to pinch-hitting duty in one of two Interleague games to be played in Philadelphia, according to Sox manager John Farrell.
Ortiz will also play first base in one game this set.
While he doesn't play it often, Ortiz has logged more than 250 games there in his career. He's played in 26 games at first base since 2007 and made just one error.
"I think the one thing that people may overlook is that he's a pretty darn good first baseman," Farrell said. "And we have no issue at all with putting him at first base."
Of course, losing the designated hitter should give the advantage to the Phillies.
"I think it's a pretty distinct disadvantage," Farrell said. "Our team isn't built like a National League team. While we've used our bench in certain matchups, we certainly don't use it to any extent which a National League team does. That's not to make an excuse, that's just to know that there's two different styles of play and teams are built to reflect that style."
Farrell said he'll have to consider pulling pitchers early if it favors an offensive advantage.
"I think the key is when you have those potential situations unfolding, is how you instruct that bullpen to get loose," he said. "You can really burn some guys in the bullpen just by getting loose when situations are presenting themselves but don't follow through. I think it's important how we communicate to that group out there, in game. And then using your bench as effectively as possible."
John Lackey is set to take the mound, coming off two straight dominating starts in which he's allowed three hits over 13 combined innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run since May 14.
The Phillies will turn to Kyle Kendrick, who has proven to be quite consistent out of the rotation the last few years, though he's run into a little rough patch of late.
Since starting the season with a 4-1 record and 2.47 ERA, Kendrick has allowed nine runs in 11 innings over his last two starts.
"I think the last two, I've been behind in the count, not working ahead, not like I have been," Kendrick said. "But I'll get out of it. I'll get ahead next outing and try to get some early contact like I have in the past. The last two outings, I haven't done that."
Red Sox: Bradley to return
When the Red Sox face the Phillies on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, Jackie Bradley Jr. will be back on the roster.
To make room for Bradley, the Red Sox will option right-hander Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox had been going with 13 pitchers and 12 position players in recent days and didn't want to be in that alignment during the two games in Philadelphia, which will be played under NL rules.
Phillies: The new Domonic Brown?
The Phillies were waiting for Domonic Brown. And waiting. And waiting.
He may have arrived.
Brown homered again on Tuesday -- his 11th of the season -- and he's one home run away from matching his three-year total entering this season. The 25-year-old is hitting both lefties and righties with effectiveness.
While Brown hasn't hit higher than fifth in the lineup this season, manager Charlie Manuel said that could change eventually.
"He'll let me know when it's time for him to move," Manuel said. "He's headed that way. Really, I mean that. I've developed a lot of players through the Minor Leagues and big leagues. I've had some of the best players who have ever been in baseball. They'll usually let you know where they're going to hit. [Chase] Utley and [Ryan] Howard did that. When people talk, 'Why is he hitting down there?' He'll hit his way there eventually."
• Michael Young is 2-for-21 out of the No. 2 spot in the batting order, but he's hit the ball hard the last two nights. He hit his second homer of the season on Tuesday.
• Both Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino are on track to return from the disabled list after the minimum amount of time, which would be June 5 for Victorino and June 8 for Middlebrooks.