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LOS ANGELES -- Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to start at first base Saturday for the first time in nearly a year, manager John Farrell announced before Fridays series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cheap Rams Jerseys .Ortiz, who has said hell retire after this season, has appeared in 99 games as a designated hitter or pinch hitter. The 40-year-old veteran of 20 seasons did not play in Friday nights 9-0 win in the Dodgers National League park. He entered the day ranked fifth in the American League with a .311 batting average, second with 87 RBIs and second in all of MLB with a 1.021 OPS.Farrell said he spoke to Ortiz about the possibility of his playing first base after Thursdays extra-inning victory at the Seattle Mariners and again Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Ortiz has started just 277 of his 2,356 career games at first base, but he was eager to take the field, Farrell said.He wants to play, and anytime we can get that bat in the lineup, particularly against a right-handed pitcher, were going to put him in there, Farrell said.The Dodgers started left-hander Scott Kazmir on Friday and are scheduled to start a left-hander Sunday against the Red Sox, keeping Hanley Ramirez in the starting lineup at first base, but right-hander Ross Stripling is set to start Saturdays game, scheduled for 1 p.m. local time.This is one game, and granted, I totally understand the potential risk-reward here, but if it wasnt signed off by all parties, particularly David and the way he feels, we wouldnt even consider it, Farrell said. But you know what, games are taking on an added importance.The Red Sox enter the weekend two games behind the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East and a half-game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the wild-card race.Should the Red Sox make it to the World Series, playing Ortiz at first base in NL stadiums would be in the plans.We dont want him sitting, Farrell said. Hopefully, thats a decision we have to make. Cheap Robert Woods Jersey . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. Jamon Brown Jersey . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. The PCB has decided to extend the contracts of batting coach Grant Flower and fitness trainer Grant Luden, on the advice of head coach Mickey Arthur. Both Flower and Luden had signed two-year contracts, starting July 2014, and are on three-month extended contracts already. The PCB told ESPNcricinfo that the contracts will be further extended for one more year.There was a possibility of Arthur suggesting a new coaching staff but he endorsed the duo and also brought in a new fielding coach in Steve Rixon from Australia. The entire coaching staff now has one-year contracts other than Azhar Mehmood who will join the Pakistan team as bowling coach only for the limited-overs leg of the England tour. Arthurs own contract is for one year with a one-year extension subject to performances.Pakistans batting had been one of their major weaknesses earlier and the PCB had turned to former captains Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas to bring about improvements. With Flowers appointment, Pakistan witnessed considerable improvements in their batsmen. Pakistans average runs per wicket was just 28.89 between January 20112 and February 2014. Orlando Pace Jersey. Since Flowers appointment in July 2014, it rose to 43.82. Under him, Pakistan batsmen have converted 48.43% of half-centuries into centuries - 31 hundreds out of 64 50-plus scores - which is the most among all teams by a distance. South Africa and Australia are next with under 41% conversions.Pakistan had their highest successful Test chase last year in Pallekele when they scored 382 - the sixth-highest successful chase in Tests. Pakistans No. 6 have averaged 61 in Tests since July 2014, which is way higher than any other teams No. 6. Under Flower, Pakistans fourth innings average is also the highest among all teams.With Luden in the staff, Pakistan developed an imposing fitness criteria that helped players raise their fitness levels. However, he has been stripped off from his additional responsibility of being the fielding coach with Rixon coming in. Mushtaq Ahmed is travelling with the team as a makeshift bowling coach only for the Tests in England. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '