BOSTON -- After starting 29 straight games, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was given a day off for Sunday afternoon's matchup against the Blue Jays.
This, despite the fact Ortiz is a .358 career hitter in 67 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
With the Red Sox having an off-day on Monday, and Ortiz feeling general soreness, this was an ideal time to give him a blow.
"He's gone about  straight for us, which probably exceeds what we initially thought when he first came back, of how many consecutive games we'd be able to get from him this early in his return," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It's a planned down day."
After overcoming the right Achilles injury that plagued him for the final two months of last season and the early part of this season, Ortiz has resumed being a force in the middle of Boston's batting order.
"Not just in terms of the daily activity, but it's also the way he's run the bases," Farrell said. "There's no hesitation. He's got a couple of triples, a couple of stolen bases -- things we probably didn't anticipate when he came back. He's responded to that stress. Obviously, the presence in the middle of our lineup speaks for itself."
Jonny Gomes filled in for Ortiz in the cleanup spot. Mike Napoli, coming off a four-strikeout day on Saturday, served as the designated hitter. Daniel Nava moved to first base.
Drew remains sidelined with hamstring injury
BOSTON -- Stephen Drew was again out of the lineup on Sunday as he tries to battle back from a right hamstring injury he sustained in Friday's game.
Jose Iglesias moved to shortstop, while Brandon Snyder made his first start for Boston at third base.
"He's still day-to-day. We did get him on the treadmill yesterday, more just range of motion and some activity, no running as of yet," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "That's the latest update I have. There's no projected time right now, as far as his return to the lineup."
Snyder was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday to coincide with the demotion of Will Middlebrooks to the Minors, but has been used sparingly.
In 63 games for Pawtucket this season, Snyder is hitting .267 with 16 doubles, one triple, 10 homers and 37 RBIs.
• Clay Buchholz, after a couple of days of not throwing, resumed playing catch on Saturday. Before Sunday's game, he threw out to 75 feet. The key gauge for Buchholz will be once he tries to throw off a mound again. The righty hasn't pitched since June 8 because of a neck strain.
• Lefty Jon Lester, who experienced minor hip discomfort in his last start, remains on track to pitch on Wednesday night against the Padres. Lester threw a bullpen session before Sunday's game.