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David Ortiz slugs his way to 2,000 hits 09.04.13 at 9:50 pm ET
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David Ortiz lined an RBI double to left-center field as part of an eight-run sixth inning as the slugger collected his 2,000th major league hit. The double came off Tigers reliever Al Albuquerque and put the Red Sox up 11-4.

The game stopped briefly as Ortiz stood at second base and tipped his helmet to the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation for nearly a minute. The Fenway sound system marked the occasion with dramatic music as the crowd paid tribute.

Just two innings early, he clubbed his 25th homer of the season, a long solo blast off Tigers starter Rick Porcello to the seats over the Red Sox bullpen, leaving him one hit shy of the milestone. The home run gave him 426 in his career, tying him with Billy Williams for 47th on the all-time list.

Ortiz now has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats since snapping an 0-for-23 slump on Friday night against the White Sox.

Ortiz is the 14th player to record his 2,000th career hit as a member of the Red Sox, along with Bobby Veach (1924), Jimmie Foxx (1938), Joe Cronin (1940), Bob Johnson (1945), Bobby Doerr (1951), Ted Williams (1955), Carl Yastrzemski (1973), Bill Buckner (1984), Jim Rice (1986), Don Baylor (1987), Dwight Evans (1988), Wade Boggs (1992), and Manny Ramirez (2006).

Then in the seventh, as he received a standing ovation coming to the plate, Ortiz crushed his second homer of the night into the stands above the Red Sox bullpen again, giving him two homers, three hits and four RBIs on the night. As he rounded the bases, the Fenway speakers blared the theme from “2001-A Space Odyssey” in honor of his 2,001st career hit.

Ortiz came out to a curtain call after entering the dugout.

The homer also marked his 41st career multi-homer game and his 39th with the Red Sox, extending his franchise record.

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Shane Victorino: David Ortiz breaks out and shows again why ‘he belongs in the Hall of Fame’ 08.30.13 at 11:58 pm ET
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Shane Victorino can relate with David Ortiz. As a matter of fact, every major leaguer who has ever played can relate with the 0-for-23 Ortiz was dealing with entering his fourth-inning at-bat.

But Victorino had a message for Ortiz recently. Don’t worry, relax, be happy. In baseball terms, keep swinging and good things will happen.

Sure enough, Hector Santiago left a 92 MPH fastball thigh high on a 2-2 count and Ortiz, who walked in his first at-bat, laced a two-run single to the left of the shift, doubling Boston’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0 and providing just enough margin for the Red Sox to hold on for a 4-3 win over the White Sox Friday night. Earlier in the at-bat, Santiago left a 93 MPH fastball right over the middle and Ortiz swung right through it.

“Very big,” Victorino said. “Obviously, he’s the kind of guy, we all go through that in the game. What he’s going through, it happens. Nobody is immortal in this game. It happens to the best of them. It’s about going out there each and every day, trying to battle, get as many at-bats under your belt to feel comfortable.

[Listen to Shane Victorino talk about David Ortiz breaking out of his slump]

“We all go through that rut. We all go through those kind of things. You want to minimize them as much as you can. But it was definitely nice to have him come back tonight, come up and get that big hit, get on base a couple of times, a couple of walks. As I told him the other day, you just have to go up there and have fun, relax. We all get like that when we’re not swinging the bat well. You seem to want to tense up or want to do too much or swing outside of the zone or do things like that. But, we talked about it. I told him, ‘Go out there, have fun, relax. You’re way too good. You’re not a hall of famer for no reason.’ He’s done it for such a long time. It’s one of those things, he’s way too good.”

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Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit is what I wish’ 08.19.13 at 3:39 am ET
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi was equal parts comedian and labor analyst following Sunday night’s game that featured the drilling of Alex Rodriguez on the left arm and rib cage by Ryan Dempster.

Girardi made it clear several times that what bothered him the most was that home plate umpire Brian O’Nora didn’t immediately eject Dempster for what he thought was clearly intent to hit Rodriguez. Instead it was Girardi who was ejected.

One working theory is that Dempster was taking matters into his own hands by drilling Rodriguez for the shame he’s brought to baseball and the MLB Players Association. On Friday, Jon Lester was quoted as saying Rodriguez ‘spit in the face’ of baseball by allegedly cheating with performance enhancing drugs several times.

On Sunday night, after throwing a pitch behind his knees and then working the count to 3-0, Dempster hit Rodriguez with a fastball inside.

“You saw me on the top step. I never stand on the top step when he threw the first one behind him,” Girardi said. “You’d have to be really unaware and not paying attention to not know he threw at him on purpose.

“[O'Nora] should say that’s it. You had your shot. The first three were down the zone and the next one was up. It’s not right. You don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system? It’s ‘My Cousin Vinny.'”

The Yankees erased a 6-3 deficit thanks in part to Rodriguez, whose solo homer ignited a four-run sixth inning for New York in a 9-6 Yankee win.

“I’m sure it did,” Girardi said when asked if the Rodriguez incident fired up his team. “I don’t know I was gone. They rallied and responded.”

Girardi says Dempster can’t hide behind the Players Association brotherhood in defense of his actions Sunday night.

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Alex Rodriguez thinks Ryan Dempster was ‘silly and unprofessional’ at 2:40 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez didn’t charge the mound after getting hit on the left elbow and ribs with a Ryan Dempster 3-0 fastball in the second inning Sunday night.

The embattled Yankee superstar saved up his revenge for a solo homer that started a four-run sixth inning in New York’s 9-6 win.

“Honestly, I had like 15 of my teammates come up and say, ‘hit a [expletive] bomb and walk it off,” Rodriguez said. “They were pissed off and so was I.

“It was the ultimate revenge.”

Then afterward, he let Dempster have it with a tirade.

“Whether you like me or hate me, what’s wrong is wrong,” Rodriguez said. “It was unprofessional and silly, and kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well.”

Rodriguez said he’s not worried that Sunday’s incident could be repeated down the stretch of the season.

“I’m not at all,” he said. “That today kind of brought us together. Joe’s reaction was amazing. Every single one of my teammates came up to me and said, ‘hit a bomb and walk it off’ and they were as pissed as I was.”

There was a moment of comic relief when Rodriguez, appealing a 211-game MLB suspension for PED use, was asked if he thought Dempster should be suspended.

“I’m the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions. I have an attorney I can recommend. Don’t ask me that question.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi charged out of the dugout, appealing to home plate umpire Brian O’Nora that he be ejected for intentionally throwing at Rodriguez. Did Rodriguez expect this at some point?

“Look, my only focus is to play baseball and to play baseball the right way,” he said. “That was silly and unprofessional, and my teammates reacted. I thought Joe’s reaction was incredible. Hopefully, we can take this and build some momentum for the rest of the year.”

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Shane Victorino feels for Gerardo Parra but says Fenway sun ‘should teach him a lesson’ 08.04.13 at 9:27 pm ET
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Right field at Fenway Park on a sunny afternoon can be one of the hardest positions to play in all of baseball. Sunday was a classic exhibit of why.

Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra, who spent extra time in right working with coaches before the series started on Friday, dropped a line drive off the bat of David Ortiz in the first inning. Then, he lost a Jacoby Ellsbury pop fly to shallow right that allowed a run to score in a two-run sixth for Boston. The Red Sox didn’t capitalize on his first mistake but did later as they beat the Diamondbacks, 4-0.

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino certainly had his moments. He crashed into the wall with his left hip trying unsuccessfully to catch a foul fly in the third inning. In the ninth, he experienced what Parra did earlier, when he lost Martin Prado’s fly to shallow right.

“I take pride in my defense. Unfortunately, in that last inning, I lost that ball in the sun,” Victorino said. “The ball against the wall, if I get a chance to make an out, sometimes I get a little carried away. It was a little dangerous there but again, I felt like I could make the play. Obviously, it hit my glove. As they always say the rule is if it hits your glove, you should catch it. So I was upset at myself for not catching it. Sometimes, there’s some risk involved. Again, collectively if you look at what we’ve done in the outfield. Jonny has made some great plays. The other night, he crashed into the wall.

“You have to continue those kind of things. Anytime, you can get an out, put a glove on it and catch it, every out counts.”

Victorino gave up his body on the foul fly in the third, something he doesn’t regret.

“It was my left hip,” he said. “My left hip hit the wall pretty well. It didn’t really feel too comfortable. But actually, I don’t know if that was a good thing that I hit the wall with my left hip. It might have made everything feel better on my left side. So, again, anytime I have the chance to make a catch, I’m going to try and make it. Knock on wood I came away unscathed from a serious injury. I’m going to continue to play that way.”

Victorino, who was hit by a pitch on the left arm a half-inning after his dive into the stands, said it was a battle all day as the sun came out in the second inning and stayed out for the rest of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Henry reaches deal to buy Boston Globe 08.02.13 at 10:39 pm ET
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John Henry came into Boston in 2002 promising to break the “Curse of the Bambino” and deliver a World Series championship to Red Sox fans throughout New England. This season, under Henry’s management, the Red Sox have produced another remarkable turnaround from last place to the best record in the American League.

Apparently, he will get the chance to try his turnaround magic on the Boston Globe.

According to Peter Gammons, Henry has been selected by The New York Times Co., the Globe’s current owner, to take over the newspaper, according to a report on his website Gammons Daily. The price is speculated to range anywhere between $70 and $120 million.

Update: The Globe has confirmed the purchase agreement reached by Henry.

Henry’s Red Sox already own a majority stake in NESN and sports teams marrying media entities is hardly groundbreaking. FOX Entertainment Group owned the Dodgers. The Tribune Co. owned the Cubs and Ted Turner owned the Braves. The Knicks and Rangers are owned by the Dolan family, which owns Cablevision. But in this case it’s the sports franchise buying the media outlet.

The Globe reported on Wednesday that Henry was going to submit a bid for the newspaper as a solo buyer after an attempt to purchase the Globe through New England Sports Network did not materialize. Henry also owns the soccer powerhouse Liverpool Reds of the Barclay’s Premier League.

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Red Sox-Rays rained out, make-up set for Monday at Fenway 07.25.13 at 7:39 pm ET
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Thursday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Rays was rained out at Fenway Park. The game will be made up Monday night at 6:10 p.m. at Fenway.

The lights came on at Fenway Park at 6 p.m., about one hour before first pitch the tarp remains on the field as steady showers, which began around 4 p.m., continued in the immediate area of Fenway Park.

With the window of dry weather too small in between heavy pockets of rain on the radar, the decision was made by the umpires and Major League Baseball to postpone until Monday, a mutual day off for both clubs. The Rays are in New York to take on the Yankees this weekend while the Red Sox will be in Baltimore before returning home for a homestand that originally set to begin on Tuesday against Seattle.

The decision to postpone was taken out of the hands of the Red Sox and placed in the authority of the umpires and Major League Baseball since Thursday marked the final trip in Boston this season for Tampa Bay.

John Lackey was scheduled to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the series wrap-up. The Rays won two of the first three to close Boston’s lead in the division to a half-game before Thursday’s washout.

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