Eight months after playing his final game, David Ortiz had his No. 34 retired by the Boston Red Sox in a ceremony before the team's 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
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The city of Boston has honored David Ortiz by renaming the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension, near Fenway Park, to David Ortiz Drive.
"This city means a lot to me. This city got me to where I am," Ortiz said.
Ortiz retired last season after spending 14 of his 20 Major League seasons with the Red Sox. He helped the club win three World Series titles, including their first in 86 years in 2004.
Dustin Pedroia was taken to a nearby hospital after he was hit in the back by a pitch in Sunday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.
Pedroia had X-rays on his rib area.
"The pitch hit in the left lat area, left rib cage. It continued to swell and tighten up," John Farrell said. "He was losing a lot of range of motion with the left arm, so we had to get him off his feet. We'll have a better read once he goes through the exam here at the local hospital."
Pedroia was the second batter hit by Astros pitcher James Hoyt in the seventh inning. When Pedroia departed, Josh Rutledge moved from third base to second and Pablo Sandoval entered the contest at third.
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:
- Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
- Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
- Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
- Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
- Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
- Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
- Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
- Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
- Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
- White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
- Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
- Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
- Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
- Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
- Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
- Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
- Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
- Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
- Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
- Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
- Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
- Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
- Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
- Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
- Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
- Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida
David Price told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe that he will no longer do personal interviews and will only talk to the media on the days he pitches.
Price will take the mound against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
"I'm not cautious," Price told Shaughnessy. "I'm the same me. I don't talk to the media every day like I did last year and I guess I get blown up for that. But I was honest with everything they asked me last year and I get blown up for that. So they did this to themselves. Talk to me on the day I pitch and that's it. There are no more personal interviews. There are no more asking me questions on a personal level. That's done."
Price's decision is within his rights. The collective bargaining agreements encourages players to speak with the media, but doing so when he pitches satisfies that requirement.
David Ortiz hinted Monday at the possibility of him returning to the Boston Red Sox organization in some role.
The two sides are in discussions regarding a future relationship, the retired slugger said.
"We've been talking, but right now nothing," Ortiz said. "We're going back and forth. At some point it's going to happen. That organization is what I am. We've been talking."
Ortiz didn't clarify when asked if his potential role would be in the front office or the dugout.
Former major leaguer Jimmy Piersall, who bared his soul about his struggles with mental illness in his book "Fear Strikes Out," has died. He was 87.
Piersall died Saturday at a care facility in Wheaton, Illinois, after a monthslong illness, according to the Boston Red Sox, for whom Piersall played for seven of his 17 seasons in the majors.
Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game with a sprained left wrist.
He tumbled over Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu while running out a groundout in the first inning and landed awkwardly on his wrists.
"I think anytime you're dealing with a position player’s wrist, a hitter’s wrist, that’s always cause for concern," John Farrell said.
X-rays immediately taken in Chicago were negative, according to the Boston Red Sox, but he is being sent back to Boston to get an MRI.
"He feels he knows those guys, they know him well, so we felt it would be more comfortable for him to do that," Dave Dombrowski said. "He wanted to do that too because he knows those guys so well. We could have gotten an MRI here and had people read it but he just knows the people there so well. We figured he wanted to do that, so we said, 'Sure, we’ll fly you there and get the MRI done there.'"
The Boston Red Sox will activate David Price to make his 2017 debut on Monday.
Price has been rehabbing an elbow injury this spring and the early part of the season.
The Red Sox signed Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract prior to the 2016 campaign.
Dustin Pedroia left Thursday night's game in the fifth inning with left knee pain.
The Boston Red Sox classified Pedroia as day-to-day after a move they stressed was "precautionary." It's unclear when Pedroia aggravated his knee.
Pedroia underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last October.