BOSTON (AP) -David Ortiz was out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox against the Yankees on Sunday night after getting off to the worst start of his career.
Manny Ramirez moved to Ortiz's designated hitter spot and Jacoby Ellsbury took Ramirez's place in left field.
Ortiz, batting .070 with 3 hits in 43 at bats, was to work with hitting coach Dave Magadan.
``I talked to David real quick'' on Saturday, manager Terry Francona said. ``I still think it's the right thing to do. He needed a break. He'll get his work in with Mags. You can see it's weighing on him.''
Ortiz, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason, had played in all 12 previous games. He started the season in an 0-for-12 slump and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, his worst stretch since he went 0-for-17 in August 2004. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Saturday night's 4-3 win over New York.
Ortiz had surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his right knee after Boston swept the Colorado Rockies for its second World Series championship in four years. He hit .370 with three homers in the postseason despite the injury.
It bothered him for much of last season but he still hit a career-high .332 with 35 homers and 117 RBIs in the regular season.
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs Saturday.
``It's nice to see him hitting, especially when David is not,'' Francona said. ``That pair has meant so much to us over the past few years.''
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