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    David Ortiz may be back in lineup Wednesday

    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continues to recover from a sore right foot, that was injured when he fouled a pitch off of it on Sunday. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continues to recover from a sore right foot, that was injured when he fouled a pitch off of it on Sunday.

    TORONTO — David Ortiz was moving around a little better on his sore right foot on Tuesday but not well enough to return to the lineup for the Red Sox.

    The designated hitter, who fouled a pitch off his foot on Sunday, did not take batting practice before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He stayed in the clubhouse for more treatment.

    “Not yet,” Ortiz said. “I hope soon.”


    The Sox expected Ortiz would need a few days to recover before he returned.

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    “He has improved and yet he still needs another day. After he reported to the ballpark [on Monday] he felt like it was likely going to be two days and hopefully he’s back in the lineup [Wednesday],” manager John Farrell said.

    Ortiz has 37 home runs and 96 RBIs in 108 games at the Rogers Centre.

    Extra, extra

    Even without Ortiz, the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 11-7, in 11 innings. They scored seven runs in the 11th.

    The Sox have won back-to-back road games in extra innings for the first time since May 9-10, 1986, at Oakland. They scored seven runs in the 11th inning or later for the first time since June 4, 1992.


    The Sox scored seven runs in the 11th inning of that game to win 11-4 against the Angels in Anaheim. Jerry Remy, in the NESN booth on Tuesday, had a three-run triple in that inning.

    The Sox are 5-10 against Toronto this season but 5-4 at Rogers Centre.

    On the run

    The Red Sox stole four bases on Monday, double their previous high for the season. Two came from Brock Holt in the 10th inning and led to his scoring the go-ahead run.

    Through Monday, the Sox were 14 of 15 on steals this month. They were 32 of 52 prior to that. That rate — 61 percent — was well below the 75 percent most teams find acceptable.

    “Since the All-Star break we’ve done a much better job of making sure that we know where our threshold is,” Farrell said. “The success rate has climbed.”


    Holt leads the team with 10 steals in 12 attempts.

    Walks for power

    Yoenis Cespedes has a career .316 on-base percentage and through Monday had drawn only 31 walks this season — four in his last 157 plate appearances.

    But the Red Sox are willing to trade fewer walks for more power.

    “As we get to see him every day, you get a better read that in some pivotal moments he doesn’t completely expand the strike zone and doesn’t become over aggressive,” Farrell said. “There’s a calmness about him in those key moments when he produces.

    “His numbers bear it out. He’s been a major addition to our offense since he’s come over here.”

    The Sox are comfortable using Cespedes between Ortiz and Mike Napoli, two ultra-patient hitters.

    “There’s a little bit of an unpredictability there, which I think is a good thing in combination with other guys in the lineup,’’ said Farrell. “We’re certainly not going to suggest any changes [to Cespedes].”

    Ranaudo honored

    Righthander Anthony Ranaudo was named the International League’s most valuable pitcher. The 24-year-old is 14-4 with a 2.61 earned run average in 24 starts. Opponents are hitting .223 against him. Ranaudo was the Double A Eastern League pitcher of the year last season. He was a supplemental first-round pitch in 2010. Ranaudo is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox this season. The Sox have not yet named a starter for Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Ranaudo, who last pitched on Sunday, would be able to make that start on regular rest . . . The Red Sox assigned six players to the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. Infielders Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle are the top prospects on the list. Righthanders Keith Couch, Aaron Kurcz, and Madison Younginer were picked along with lefthander Robby Scott. The six-team AFL starts on Oct. 7. The Red Sox have an opening for an outfielder, which has not been filled. Rusney Castillo would be eligible to play but the Red Sox have not yet decided whether to send him there. Castillo, a free agent from Cuba, was signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal last week. He has not played competitively in more than a year. The Sox are planning on him playing in some major league games next month . . . Xander Bogaerts, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list and stayed back in Boston, is symptom-free according to Farrell. Bogaerts is eligible to play on Saturday and the team is hopeful he will be ready.