Just as the Red Sox' second-to-last game of the season was about to get underway the team clinched the best record in the American League when Oakland lost to Seattle.

But before that outcome John Farrell had a lineup that didn't include either outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury or DH David Ortiz.

Ellsbury who got three at-bats Wednesday in Denver and four more here Friday night sat while Shane Victorino took over in center.

"Part of the every-other-day plan to get him back on the field for these three games'' explained Farrell. "We fully expect him to go the full nine innings (Sunday) but he came out of the first two games pretty much as expect from a physcal standpoint which is fine.''

As for Ortiz who powered his 30th homer of the season Friday night it was "just a day off. He'll be back in the lineup (Sunday). But this is a chance with a lefthanded starter (Wei-Yin Chen) for us to see a couple of righthanded hitters.''

The Sox shifted first baseman Mike Napoli to DH while Brandon Snyder got the start at first.