is hitting .393 after starting the year with an eight-game hitting streak, making him the only Red Sox regular hitting better than .280.
The 31-year-old opted out of the last three years of a $55 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and signed a $70 million, five-year contract with Boston.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez will miss several games for the Cincinnati Reds, who placed him on the bereavement list yesterday so he could attend to a family matter in Venezuela.
Baltimore placed Jaret Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior had discomfort in his right shoulder and left his first extended spring-training start after two innings in Mesa, Ariz.
San Diego Padres catcher Josh Bard was put on the 15-day DL with a strained groin suffered the night before. The Padres bought the contract of Pete Laforest from triple-A Portland.
The Washington Nationals put lefthanded reliever Ray King on the 15-day DL with left-shoulder tendinitis and recalled righthanded reliever Saul Rivera from triple-A Columbus.
The Royals' Octavio Dotel, who was placed on the 15-day DL on April 4 with a strained muscle in his rib cage, was to have an MRI performed today in Kansas City. Dotel threw 28 pitches at the Royals' spring-training complex in Arizona and said he felt the same discomfort he previously had experienced.
San Diego's bullpen opened the season with 281/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the Padres' first nine games. The seven relievers - all righthanders - also earned three of the team's six wins.
New York Mets righthander Juan Padilla will have surgery on his right elbow today and could miss the rest of the season.