Red Sox manager John Farrell ejected in 7th inning

On Thursday, the Boston mayor's office declared that a street near Fenway Park will be renamed David Ortiz Drive.

Red Sox: INF Jeff Rutledge was placed on the seven-day concussion DL and Tzu-Wei Lin was promoted from Double-A Portland. Friends and family and dignitaries from two countries lined the infield. He proved to be one of the best ever, establishing Hall of Fame credentials that include 10 All-Star Game appearances, nine postseason appearances and, most important to Boston, three World Series rings.

Perhaps all the years not playing in the field affected Ortiz's throwing arm, because his first pitch was quite ugly.

"There's always a thought that he might come by, but I wasn't necessarily surprised", center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. said. But their dad was a very special person for me and that's why you saw me carry the No. 34 when I got here. And after shortstop Xander Bogaerts' early-season lament that the Sox missed Ortiz's thunder, they're generating runs in other ways and have won 20 of their past 31 games. As a nod to his foul-mouthed challenge to those who would test the city's resolve, Ortiz took the microphone on Friday with the welcome, "This is his (pause) city". "It was pretty awesome".

Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

"It was a good day to hit during batting practice", Ortiz remembered afterward in a press conference.

The Red Sox and Angels conclude their series on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. "You are a great ambassador of the game". "Yes, he is 'Big Papi.' But I feel like 'Grampa'".

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia immediately came charging in, pointing to home plate when the balk was called. "I was asking him certain things he did along the game, and the next thing you know we're starting against each other on the big-league level".

"Man, the little guy made me cry", he said.

For Ortiz, to be among those numbers is humbling and an extreme honor.

After both the Dominican and USA national anthems - each accompanied by a giant flag covering the Green Monster - Ortiz took a ball from ex-teammate Tim Wakefield and threw (somewhat wildly) to former catcher Jason Varitek.

"I told myself, 'Give everybody their space, '" he said.

"It's going to happen", he said.

Ortiz shook off the bad performance with a laugh.

He has never pitched at Fenway or faced the Red Sox or any of the team's active hitters.

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are honoring David Ortiz by retiring his No. 34.

The Red Sox thanked Ortiz for 14 years of excellence Friday night.

Bush has joined the group led by businessman Tagg Romney that is trying to buy the Marlins, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.



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