Martinez scratched from lineup

MLB Notes

BOSTON — Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has been scratched from last night’s game against Tampa Bay because of back spasms.

Martinez, who was in the original lineup hitting cleanup as the DH, was replaced by Steve Pearce, who was inserted into the seventh spot in the batting order.

Martinez is batting a team best for regulars at .340 with four homers and 13 RBIs.

Xander Bogaerts was moved up from fifth to the cleanup spot.

Yanks ready for rehab

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and center fielder Aaron Hicks are about ready to join third baseman Miguel Andujar in minor league injury rehabilitation games.

Tulowitzki, recovering from a strained left calf that has sidelined him since April 3, hit again Saturday in a simulated game and said he plans to play in an extended spring training game Monday.

Hicks, out since early March with a strained left lower back, hit against live pitching for the first time and could play in an extended spring game Wednesday.

First baseman Logan Morrison, signed to a minor league deal last week, hit in the simulated game with Tulowitzki and Hicks.

Gonzalez to start

NEW YORK — The newest member of the Milwaukee Brewers is a familiar face.

Gio Gonzalez is back after finalizing a $2 million, one-year contract, and the veteran left-hander will start today’s series finale against the New York Mets. Gonzalez also played for Milwaukee last season.

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