Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 6-2 win over Minnesota Thursday, David Ortiz confirmed that he had texted Hanley Ramirez, encouraging the Marlins' shortstop to apologize to his manager and teammates.

 

"I told him to talk to his manager and do the right thing. I don't know if what he did was because of what I said, but I always try and tell him the right thing to do," Ortiz said. "I think he did what he was supposed to, go down to apologize to his teammates and his managers. Move on. It's not a big deal. Things happen."

 

According to a report in the Denver Post, the Red Sox are still keeping an eye on Rockies catcher, and Rhode Island native, Chris Iannetta. The 27-year-old is currently playing for Colorado's Triple-A team in Colorado Springs. Since being demoted to the minors, the right-handed hitting Iannetta is hitting .362 with five homers, carrying an on-base percentage of .449. He is coming off a season in which he hit 16 homers in just 93 games, with a batting average of .223.

Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and much of the interview was spent discussing David Ortiz. Asked if the media has been unfair to Ortiz this season, Lucchino said: "He may feel that way, but I think that's human nature. He recognizes that he got off to a bad start. But I do think he feels -- he said so, he said as much -- that there was greater emphasis on his lack of productivity and not sufficient emphasis on other players perhaps, or the team's success. ...

Perhaps this is the week that will be viewed as the turning point of the season for the Red Sox.



Thursday night was a well-deserved reward for Terry Francona.



According to shortstop Marco Scutaro, the injury (tennis elbow) to his left arm first cropped up in spring training and has been bothering him throughout the season. After receiving a cortisone shot Thursday, Scutaro said he expects to be ready to play in the series opener between the Phillies and Red Sox Friday night in Philadelphia. "I had no strength, I can't grip. I can't even lift the bat. Even when I close my glove," he said. "Unless I take a pill, like an anti-flam, no chance. It's mostly to hit.

 

According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated off the disabled list on Saturday and will join the Sox on their upcoming road trip. "He felt really good," Francona said of Ellsbury's rehab game on Thursday. "He gives us a different (offensive) element." For more Red Sox news, check out our baseball blog Full Count.

Kevin Youkilis belted a three-run homer and drove in four and Victor Martinez doubled three times in support of the complete-game effort of Jon Lester as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 6-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park to sweep the brief two-game series. 

 

Lester had the most efficient start of any Red Sox starter this season, needing just 103 pitches to author Boston's first complete game of the season. Lester improved to 4-2, allowing just six hits and two runs - one earned - while striking out nine and walking none. 

 

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett admitted that his current back injury, described by the team as a lower back strain, has been "frustrating" to deal with. The right-hander said that he felt fine during Tuesday's start, when rain fell steadily on Yankee Stadium, until he slipped while landing after throwing a changeup in the fifth inning. 

 

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was a guest on The Big Show Thursday afternoon and talked about his recent resurgence, the Red Sox offense, Mike Lowell's situation, Hanley Ramirez's maturation and his relationship with the media. When Ortiz was asked about Mike Lowell's recent comments about his playing time, he said, "Well, if I was Mike Lowell, I would have done that a long time ago, because he’s not a guy that is supposed to be on the bench, sitting down, watching the game.