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David Ortiz on M&M: ‘My heart and my blood is with the Red Sox’

07.28.11 at 12:20 pm ET
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz joined the Mut & Merloni Show from Fenway Park Thursday prior to the series finale with the Royals. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Ortiz is set to become a free-agent after the season and has made it clear that he wants to stay in a Red Sox uniform.

“We’re walking into a crazy situation after the season right here because I know what I am capable of doing and that has been what I am doing,” Ortiz said. “Even having a tough time at some point around here, I know how to feel things out and bounce back and do my thing.

“With my situation right now, I’ve said it all, I don’t need to say it anymore what my feelings are. My heart and my blood is with the Red Sox. I love being around and I have so much fun playing here and that is why is try and give 160% when I am on the field, even off the field. There are things that I can control, and there are some things that I cannot.”

Here are more highlights from the interview, including what could happen in a World Series game in a National League park when there is no designated hitter, on what it is like playing with Adrian Gonzalez and how good Josh Reddick has been:

On possibly not being in a World Series lineup when playing in a NL park:

When you have a guy like Gonzo, yes. I went through the situation in interleague and not playing. Since spring training I was like you know what, I better figure out how to stay compact when it comes down to interleague, when you have a guy like Gonzalez doing what he is doing. He wanted to play in the outfield because he knows how good the lineup is when I am in it. The situation happens, and I understand that you don’t want Gonzo getting injured. Trust me, his mentality is winning. ‘€¦ It affected me a little bit, going through an 11-game stretch and getting nine at bats’€¦ it affects you a little bit.

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Red Sox vs. Royals Live Blog, July 28

07.28.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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Red Sox All-Star Josh Beckett will carry a 9-3 record and 2.07 ERA to the mound for the finale of a four-game series against the Royals. The Red Sox bats have thumped the Royals for 25 runs in the last two nights, with Kansas City unable to contain the top half of the Red Sox lineup.

The Sox will look to make it three in a row against Royals starter Luke Hochevar, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft. The right-hander is 6-8 with a 5.29 ERA this year.

For the latest news, updates and analysis from Fenway Park, join the Live Blog, below.

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Trade Deadline: Sox closing in on Erik Bedard

07.28.11 at 11:33 am ET
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According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of FOXsports.com, a source has indicated that the Red Sox are “all over” Erik Bedard as a potential trade target.

The left-hander — 4-6 with a 3.00 ERA this season for the Mariners — has been the subject of many trade rumors over the past few weeks. Rosenthal also wrote on Thursday that the Mariners had two scouts watching the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday and another scout watching Double-A Portland.

Bedard has been on the DL since June 27 with a strained left knee but will pitch Friday night against Tampa Bay. Scouts for both the Sox and Yankees are expected to be in attendance for the game.

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Trade Deadline: Teams reportedly have no interest in Carlos Zambrano

07.28.11 at 11:24 am ET
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The Cubs have received no interest in right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano, despite offering “large bags of cash” to offset the $24 million left on his contract, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

‘€œI don’€™t want to talk about a trade,’€™’€™ Zambrano said. ‘€œIf it comes, it comes, and I will think about it if they say something to me. If the change has to be me, that’€™s OK.’€™’€™

This season Zambrano has a 7-6 record with a 4.59 ERA. He has struggled in the month of July, giving up 12 earned runs in just 17 1/3 innings of work.

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Trade Deadline: Indians reportedly interested in Kosuke Fukudome

07.28.11 at 11:08 am ET
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With outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore currently on the disabled list, the Indians need outfield help and are reportedly interested in Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, tweets FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. He describes the talks between the two teams as “serious.”

Fukudome is hitting .273 with three home runs and 13 RBIs this season.

The Indians are in second place in the AL Central, two games behind the first-place Tigers.

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Trade Deadline: Red Sox reportedly ‘tried’ for Hunter Pence

07.28.11 at 10:05 am ET
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The Red Sox reportedly “tried” to acquire Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, but were rejected, according to a tweet from SI.com’s Jon Heyman. He also wrote that the Braves were rejected as well. He did not include what the two teams offered.

Heyman did write that the Phillies offered prospects outfielder Jonathan Singleton and pitcher Jarred Cosart, but were also rejected.

Pence, an All-Star this season, is hitting .307 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs.

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Trade Deadline: ‘Slim’ chance Dodgers trade Andre Ethier

07.28.11 at 9:32 am ET
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The chances the Dodgers trade outfielder Andre Ethier at the trade deadline are  “very slim” and general manager Ned Colletti ‘€œwould need to be blown away” by an offer in order to deal Ethier, according to a FoxSports.com report.

Ethier is good friends with Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are reportedly in the market for an outfielder, but the report says that the two teams have not had any serious discussions regarding Ethier.

On the year he is hitting .294 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.

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David Ortiz: Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are ‘ridiculous’

07.28.11 at 12:39 am ET
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David Ortiz has seen a lot in his nine years in Boston. Two World Series titles, Manny being Manny and walk-off win after walk-off win, some he even was responsible for.

But he’s never seen what Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are doing to opposing pitchers right now during one of the most awesome offensive displays in team history.

The Red Sox are 18-4 in July and 62-28 since starting the season 2-10 and Ortiz said after Wednesday’s 12-5 laugher over the Royals at Fenway that the top two men in the order are the biggest reason why.

‘€œI think Ellsbury and Pedroia, they’€™re making it tougher on everyone else. What they’€™re doing at the top of the lineup, it’€™s ridiculous. You don’€™t get that on a daily basis from the first and second-hole hitter. They’€™re putting so much pressure on the pitcher. I’€™m sure that gets you out of control a little bit.”

Ortiz belted his 10th career grand slam in the five-run fourth, giving him nine slams with the Red Sox. That matches Rico Petrocelli for second all-time in team history, behind the 17 of Ted Williams. It also gave him exactly 1,000 RBIs with the Red Sox.

‘€œI’€™ve been here, this is what, my ninth year here?” Ortiz asked rhetorically. “When your name gets in the mix with guys that played here their whole career, it’€™s a compliment. It’€™s something that you don’€™t think about it right now while you’€™re playing. You kind of sit down and say, well, I did OK while I was there.’€

To manager Terry Francona, the Ortiz homer really put some separation in the game. But like Ortiz, Francona thought the two homers by Ellsbury and Pedroia to open the game were huge as the Royals got three quick runs off John Lackey in the first.

“We get the two home runs and it’s like, ‘We’ve got a long way to go and we’re OK.’ When Ells and Pedey together are hot, that’s a really good combination,” Francona said in echoing Ortiz.

Ortiz did poke fun at Pedroia before giving him his props by saying he’s seen Pedroia – the man who extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a solo homer in the first – do this before.

‘€œUm, I have seen that before. when the Muddy Chicken gets hot, look out. Laser Show,’€ Ortiz smiled. Read the rest of this entry »

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Source: Red Sox still in on Ubaldo Jimenez

07.28.11 at 12:04 am ET
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According to major league source, the Red Sox are still interested in acquiring Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, although no deal appears close.

The 27-year-old Jimenez is next scheduled to pitch Saturday, and carries a 6-9 record with a 4.20 ERA in 20 starts for Colorado. Making the righty an attractive option for the Red Sox as Sunday’s non-waiver trade deadline approaches is that he carries a contract that will keep him under the team’s control through 2013 for a total of just $9.95 million for the next two seasons. (He has a club option for ’14 that is voided if traded.)

A source also confirmed that the Red Sox are still in on Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed just one run over five innings Wednesday night against the Rockies, lowering his ERA to 3.14 ERA. Kuroda has a no-trade clause in his contract and is in the midst of a one-year, $12 million deal. One Red Sox player classified the Dodgers’ right-hander as the “nastiest” pitcher he faced in 2010. Kuroda is trending to become a ‘Type B’ free agent, which would allow the team he finishes ’11 with to gain a draft pick if he is offered, and declines, arbitration.

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Closing Time: Powerful July continues for Red Sox hitters

07.27.11 at 10:20 pm ET
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This has been a July to remember for Red Sox hitters, as they continued their hot streak of late by hammering 16 hits en route to a 12-5 win over the Royals. The 16 hits give the Red Sox 11 consecutive games of 10 or more hits at Fenway Park. It is tied for the third longest streak in Red Sox history. At 18-4, the Red Sox have the best July record in the majors.

David Ortiz belted a grand slam in the fourth inning off of Royals left-handed starter Bruce Chen (5-4) to blow the game open, giving the Red Sox a 10-3 lead at the time.

The powerful Red Sox lineup bailed out Red Sox starter John Lackey (9-8) who gave up three first inning runs, putting the Red Sox in a 3-0 hole before they even stepped to the plate. Lackey has struggled in the first inning of late as he has allowed seven runs in the first inning in his last three starts combined — though notably, he has settled down after getting touched up early.

Here is what went right (and wrong) for the Red Sox:

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the bottom of the first. It was the first time the first two Red Sox batters hit home runs in a game since July, 21 1995, when Troy O’Leary and John Valentin did it.

– Ellsbury also stole his 29th base of the season. The swipe ended a 15-game streak without a stolen base, which was the second longest streak of his career. Back in 2008 he went 24 games without a stolen base. With 17 home runs and 29 stolen bases so far thus season, Ellsbury has a chance to become the first 30/30 player in Red Sox history. He is a near-lock to become the first 20/30 player in Sox annals.

– Pedroia’s 24-game hit streak is the longest hit streak in Red Sox history by a second baseman. He also continues to feast off of left-handed pitching. Entering Wednesday’s game, he led the majors with a .410 batting average against lefties.

– Ortiz’s grand slam in the fourth inning was the first grand slam by a member of the Red Sox this season. It was his 10th career grand slam (ninth as a Red Sox), and the four RBIs gave the slugger 1,000 career RBI’s in a Red Sox uniform. Ortiz’ four RBIs, after the five he had last night, marked the third time in his career in which he has knocked in four or more runs in consecutive games, and the first since 2005.

Yamaico Navarro went 2-4 on the night, with an RBI and a run scored. It was his first career multi-hit game.

– The win for Lackey was his fourth straight. It is the first time as a Red Sox that he has won four consecutive starts. Before the streak his ERA was 7.47; it has now dropped to 6.28. During the four-game streak, he has struck out 18 while walking three, dramatically improving on his marks earlier in the year. Lackey did bounce back after the rough first inning, retiring eight straight Royals hitters at one point.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

– Although Lackey earned the win, he was not as overpowering as he was in his prior outing. He gave up 11 hits in only 5 2/3 innings of work, and for the first time since his first start of the year, he allowed multiple homers. Lackey also did not get off to a good start, giving up three runs in the first inning. It is the third straight game in which Lackey has given up at least one first-inning run.

– Navarro, on a foul pop-up that could have ended the game, overran the ball and flopped to the ground while committing an error.

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