Ortiz typically starts at least one game at first base in National League parks, but the taxing schedule led Farrell to handle the situation differently this time for his 40-year-old slugger.
"Hanley had been in every game, and we were trying to find a spot for him," said Farrell. "David as well. Just trying to keep everybody involved and get some fresh legs on the field today. That's a difficult travel schedule and went with the lineup we've got tonight."
Farrell also canceled on-field batting practice and didn't arrange for any team bus to leave the hotel before 3 p.m.
When Farrell arrived to Turner Field at noon, the one player who walked in with him was second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who can hardly ever resist getting to the ballpark six or seven hours before a game.
In this particular case, Farrell was pleased Pedroia was the only player who decided to arrive so early.
"Just tried to give guys an ample amount of sleep and not make guys feel like they have to be here," Farrell said. "Typically guys are in here at noon, but we needed to use some common sense, push the day back and condense as much as possible."
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