BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was scratched from Saturday'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. He went 0-for-3 in Boston's 2-1 loss and is now batting .114 on the season.
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.