David Ortiz, who had missed the previous two games after fouling a ball off his right foot Sunday, returned to the lineup Wednesday.

"He and I spoke this morning,'' said John Farrell. "He felt better and he and I wanted to make sure that he went through some treatment and did some running here today. But he's good to go.''

While Ortiz returned, Yoenis Cespedes, who knocked in runs in each of the first two games of the series, was not, given a night off by Farrell.

"We're just rotating guys through,'' said Farrell. "It's a chance to get him off his feet for a day. He'll be available at any point during the game.''

With Cespedes out, the Sox shifted Daniel Nava to left field and had Allen Craig in right as part of their outfield alignment.