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No fracture, but David Ortiz day-to-day after suffering foot contusion 08.24.14 at 5:08 pm ET
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Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was forced from Sunday’s game against the Mariners after suffering contusion on his right foot.

Ortiz exited after favoring the foot while rounding first base on a single to deep right field. Upon returning to the base, the DH walked off the field with manager John Farrell.

The initial injury seemingly occurred in the fourth inning with one out when Ortiz fouled a ball off the inside of his foot, sending the DH to the ground while bringing on the Red Sox training staff. An initial fluoroscan on the foot after Ortiz was removed from the game did not show a fracture.

“He’s day-to-day. The foul ball off the foot obviously after he hits a ball off the wall in right and can only get to first base. It’s a contusion. The fluoroscan at this point proved negative. No fractures of any kind based on that test,” said Farrell. “We’ll check him once we get to the ballpark tomorrow and obviously throughout the night tonight.

Ortiz reached two more times (single, walk) in his four plate appearances, making it 20 times he has safely gotten on base in his last 26 plate appearances. While Kelly Johnson — who entered as a pinch-runner — hit a double in his first plate appearance, the fact that Johnson rather than Ortiz was at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, ultimately striking out to conclude the Sox’ 8-6 loss, represented a source of some frustration for the Sox.

“Anytime you lose David Ortiz out of your lineup, it’s a hole. That’€™s not to take anything away from Kelly Johnson who doubled in his first at-bat. We’d like to have David up at the plate more often than the four or five times a night to begin with,” said Farrell. “It’s someone that we miss, who’s been a main cog in our offense daily and year-to-date. Hopefully this is just a short-lived loss in the lineup for him.”

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Warnings issued after David Ortiz, Robinson Cano hit by pitches 08.23.14 at 4:19 pm ET
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Half an inning after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was smoked on the inside of his left forearm by Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush, Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson drilled Mariners star Robinson Cano on the backside with a 93 mph first pitch. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez immediately issued warnings to both dugouts.

Ortiz stayed in the game after receiving a brief visit from a Red Sox team trainer while doubled over in pain behind the plate. Cano, likewise, stayed in the game, though he perambulated to first at a languorous pace.

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Video: Red Sox executives take ice bucket challenge 08.22.14 at 7:41 am ET
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A large contingent of members from the Red Sox front office, including chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino, took the ALS ice bucket challenge Thursday.

COO Sam Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the group, nominated the Pawtucket Red Sox, Liverpool FC and The Boston Globe to take the challenge.

David Ortiz was on hand to help douse the executives and other personnel with buckets of ice water.

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Red Sox pregame notes: David Ortiz finds little satisfaction in milestones; Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli day-to-day 08.21.14 at 6:59 pm ET
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It was another impressive night for David Ortiz on Wednesday in the midst of what has been yet another impressive season for the Red Sox‘ slugger.

Ortiz was 4-for-4 with three singles and hit his 30th home run of the season, was set for his fifth at-bat in the Sox’ 8-3 loss to the Angels Wednesday night.

Instead, up came Alex Hassan.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game Ortiz was dealing with some “general soreness” after spending most of his night on the base paths. On Thursday, Farrell said the decision to pinch-hit for Ortiz was meant to “get him off his feet.”

According to Farrell, Ortiz is out of the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Angels on a planned off day with the Sox in the midst of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days. He said Ortiz’s removal from Wednesday’s game and his status Thursday is unrelated.

“We’ve got a scheduled off day next Thursday prior to opening up a series in Tampa, so rather than running him a stretch of 17 consecutive, that’s where today comes in,” Farrell said. “But there are some periodic off days throughout September that we’ll have a chance to catch up on.”

Ortiz is 14-for-26 (.538) with five multi-hit games through the first seven games of the Sox’ 11-game homestand. Thursday’s homer marked his eighth 30-home run season, tying him with Ted Williams for the most in Red Sox history. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Ortiz reflects on milestone night, career with Red Sox 08.17.14 at 10:10 am ET
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There aren’t many players in major league history that can categorize themselves with Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Just the idea of someone doing so would seem blasphemous to most Red Sox fans.

David Ortiz, however, is a rare exception. And he verified that with another landmark night on Saturday.

The slugger launched home runs No. 400 and 401 in a Red Sox uniform in a six RBI showcase against the Astros, becoming just the third player in club history to reach that mark.

The other two players to reach that milestone? Williams (521 home runs) and Yastrzemski (452).

“It’s an honor to be up there mentioned with those legends,” Ortiz said after his 3-for-5 night that led the Sox to a 10-7 win. “You’re not expecting to be mentioned with those guys.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said what’s most impressive about Ortiz’s accomplishment is the pace in which he did it. Ortiz is in the midst of his 12th season with the Sox and reached the 400 home run mark in the third inning of career game No. 1,630.

Williams reached that plateau in the middle of his 15th season. Yastrzemski in his 19th.

“When you consider how many fewer games he’s done it in is really remarkable,” Farrell said. “He’s in rare company with the two other guys he’s now linked to. To see it in roughly 60 percent of the games with one and almost half the games of the other. It’s amazing what he’s been able to do here.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing Time: David Ortiz ignites Red Sox with two home runs to lead comeback win over Astros 08.16.14 at 11:01 pm ET
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David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

David Ortiz homered twice (the 400th and 401st homers of his Red Sox career) and drove in six runs on Saturday. (Getty Images)

The Red Sox were in need of a spark, and David Ortiz gave them just that.

The lefty slugger hit a pair of two-run home runs, including one in the fifth that started a four-run rally, and a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Sox to a 10-7 comeback win over the Astros Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Ortiz went 3-for-5 for the game with a career-high six RBIs, the fifth time he’s achieved that single-game feat in his career.

The homers were Ortiz’s 400th and 401st in a Red Sox uniform, making him just the third player in club history to reach that mark behind Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, who had 521 and 452, respectively. Saturday marked his fourth multi-home run game of the season and 45th of his career.

While the blast on an 0-2 changeup in the bottom of the third was the milestone, the second one proved to be most important.

A poor outing from starter Rubby De La Rosa left the Sox in a 6-3 hole entering the fifth. But Ortiz ignited a rally with a homer just inside the right-field foul pole to cut the deficit to one.

The Sox had luck on their side in the inning as well. Yoenis Cespedes reached second one batter later after Houston first baseman Jon Singleton dropped an easy pop fly on the infield grass. Cespedes stole third and scored on an RBI single by Daniel Nava to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Red Sox improved to 56-66 with the win.

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David Ortiz on losing Jon Lester: ‘What can you do about it?’ 08.04.14 at 5:54 am ET
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David Ortiz is obviously not thrilled Jon Lester is gone.

Outside of that, the designated hitter is just sitting back and waiting.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Ortiz told WEEI.com regarding the Red Sox‘ recent trade of Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. “It’s a game you have to prepare for whatever and go from there. We’ll see. You never know what can happen in the offseason … I’ve got to come in still and do what I’ve got to do, right?”

He added, “It’s part of the game. It’s not what you want to see, but I’ve seen it happen before. What can you do about it?”

This one might be a bit different for the slugger, however.

Lester was, along with Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz, one of the holdovers from the Red Sox‘ last two World Series championship teams, having teamed with the DH to help carry last year’s club to its title.

The dynamic was such a unique one — with the key players in the clubhouse expressing unbridled loyalty toward Lester — that the front office offered at least some communication on the edges of the deal.

“We had some conversations, but they didn’t have to explain to me exactly what they were trying to do,” Ortiz said. ” ‘We’re going to make this move …’ and afterwards, ‘We did this move because of this or that.’ It’s not like I’m going to be all depressed of that. You win as a group. You don’t win as one person.”

Now comes the plea for patience.

Will the likes of Cespedes and Allen Craig give Ortiz more pitches to hit?

“I don’t know,” the DH said. “We’ll see.”

Will the Red Sox be able to find the necessary pitching?

“It’€™s going to happen. I think it’€™s going to happen. It’€™s just a matter of time,” Ortiz said. “The offseason is going to be interesting to see how it goes, because you’€™re not going to get anything for free in today’€™s game. You’€™re going to have to pay.”

And, most importantly, might Lester return?

“He’€™s going to be a free agent, and I know for a fact Oakland isn’t going to be able to pay him,” Ortiz explained. “So it’€™s going to be either here, L.A., Yankees. One of those. One of the big teams.”

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Closing Time: Clay Buchholz fails to deliver once again as Yankees take 2 of 3 at Fenway 08.03.14 at 11:51 pm ET
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It was an ideal scenario for Clay Buchholz.

Taking the hill Sunday against the Yankees for the first time as the new de-facto leader of a gutted Red Sox rotation, Buchholz was given seven runs of support from a normally listless Red Sox lineup.

And yet — as its been for most of the 2014 season — Buchholz found a way to hand a win to an opposing team, surrendering seven runs on eight hits while walking five in five innings en route to an 8-7 Yankees victory at Fenway Park.

Buchholz labored throughout his outing, repeatedly failing to hold leads. After Boston jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first inning, Buchholz responded by giving up three runs of his own in the second to knot the game at 3-3.

A similar scenario occurred in the top of the fifth inning. After the Red Sox tacked on an additional two runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the score to 7-4 in favor of Boston, Buchholz allowed three runs in the next frame to once again tie the score at seven runs apiece.

Buchholz has allowed 14 earned runs over his last 10 innings while his usual strong command has withered — walking 13 batters over his last three outings.

“I think there’€™s maybe a little bit of a tendency to pitch a little bit too fine that’€™s caused him to fall behind in the count,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “Mechanically, he may be running away from his arm a little bit where it’€™s causing some pitches to be missed up to the arm side, but still, it’€™s the overall pitch mix and command to each.”

Buchholz spoiled an impressive showing from a Boston lineup that scored at least seven runs for the first time since the team doled out 14 runs against the Blue Jays on July 21.

Boston’s offensive outburst was highlighted by a pair of two-run home runs from David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, as well as a two-run single from Daniel Nava in the first inning.

“€œWe swung the bats pretty good the last few days, so we’ve got to build on that, we’ve just got to find a way to score more than the other team,” Pedroia said.

While the score tied entering the top of the sixth inning, Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner crushed an offering from Craig Breslow into the seats behind the Red Sox bullpen, giving New York a one-run lead that it would not relinquish.

With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 49-62 on the season and have lost 10 of their last 12 games.


— Buchholz did little to instill confidence in those doubting his ability to take over as ace of the Red Sox rotation going forward, allowing seven earned runs for the second start in a row while walking five batters. After allowing just five runs over 22 1/3 innings from July 1-13, Buchholz has surrendered 23 runs over his last 22 innings of work.

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Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz react to Jon Lester’s potential departure: ‘We’re not teammates, we’re family’ 07.30.14 at 12:49 am ET
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The atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse was eerily somber following the team’s 4-2 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays Tuesday night. However, this aura of disappointment was not due to the numbers on the scoreboard, but rather the growing realization that one of the Red Sox‘ most beloved players might not be at his locker the following morning.

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed after the game that Jon Lester, who has been the focus of trade rumors for the past few weeks, would not make his scheduled start Wednesday, further adding to the belief that the southpaw’s days in Boston are numbered. One general manager told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford that a deal could be struck as soon as Wednesday morning.

While Lester’s performance on the mound (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) will be difficult for Boston to replicate if he is indeed dealt, the possibility of losing the lefty’s presence in the clubhouse struck a much deeper chord with some of his teammates.

For veteran leaders like Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, the impact of Lester’s potential departure goes far beyond the box score.

“It’s tough. We’re not teammates, we’re family,” Pedroia said. “It’s something that you don’t like going through.  It makes you feel worse. We don’t want to be in this position. … We should be adding instead of subtracting, so hopefully he’s here.”

Pedroia continued: “We’ve got a big game to play and we want him pitching it. … It would be tough to see him in another uniform.”

Said Ortiz: “Lester is like a brother to me. [Pedroia] was right, we’ve been together for a long period of time. Just because of the fact that all of these trade rumors are going around and him being scratched tomorrow, it can get a little complicated. We’ll see how that works.”

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David Ortiz fires back at criticism from Rays pitcher Chris Archer 07.27.14 at 7:58 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When David Ortiz launched a three-run homer that ultimately propelled the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Rays, he enjoyed it. His opponent did not.

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Ortiz decimated an elevated Chris Archer changeup and sent it rocketing into the far reaches of the right field bleachers in the Tropicana Dome. He admired his work, then flung his bat to punctuate his blast before circling the bases. In an echo of comments made earlier this season by Archer’s teammate, David Price, Archer (a 25-year-old who has appeared in 49 career big league games), suggested that Ortiz acted without a proper sense of decorum. Read the rest of this entry »

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