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David Ortiz To Play Himself In "Patriots Day"

May 4, 2016 7:38 AM

David Ortiz will appear in the upcoming movie, "Patriots Day," a film that will revisit the events of the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Ortiz will play himself and reenact his speech addressing fans in Fenway Park on April 20, 2013, in which he stated, "This is our f---ing city. And nobody's going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong!"

The film is scheduled for a limited release in theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2016, with a wider national release on Jan. 13, 2017.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg playing a Boston policeman.

"Yeah, Mark [Wahlberg] and I go way back," Ortiz said. "He came and approached me the other day, asking me about it. And I said, 'No problem.' It sounds like it's going to be fun. We're going to do the filming when I get back to Boston, one of those mornings. I'm excited.

"It's a big deal," Ortiz said. "This movie is going to be a big deal, especially in Boston. After what happened in 2013, it's going to come out on Christmas."

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Pablo Sandoval Could Miss Rest Of Season After Surgery

May 3, 2016 7:50 AM

The Boston Red Sox have announced that Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this week after the third baseman received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.

Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, according to a source.

The Red Sox haven't confirmed the timetable.

"We will have a more definitive explanation after the surgery," Dave Dombrowski said via text message when asked about the diagnosis.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

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A-Rod Gives Home Run Bat To Young Fan At Fenway Park

May 2, 2016 7:56 AM

Alex Rodriguez gave his bat to a young fan at Fenway Park after hitting a home run for the New York Yankees on Friday night.

David Moss, 8, attended the game with his mother and sister and was welcomed at Fenway by multiple members of the Boston Red Sox. Moss' father died in September before the pair could meet David Ortiz in person.

"I got to meet them just last night. I even took a photo with them," Ortiz said. "When I heard about [the death of Moss' father], I asked their mom to take a photo of me with the kids, and she was crying when she was taking it.

"Alex saw the whole thing at the beginning, when the ceremony before the first pitch happened. There's not one player that faces a situation like that and doesn't feel humble about it. I haven't met that one player."

Rodriguez said that he never spoke to Ortiz and had no idea of the backstory when David asked him for his batting gloves before his first at-bat of the game in the top of the second inning.

"I asked [Rodriguez] if I could have his bat," Moss said. "He said, 'If I hit a home run, you can have my bat.'"

"I told him, I need my gloves right now," Rodriguez said. "But if I hit a home run, I'll give you the bat."

Rodriguez said people in the section got excited and starting rooting for him to hit a home run. His response: "Don't get too excited. I'm 40."


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Xander Bogaerts Leaves Game With Tight Left Quad

Apr 21, 2016 8:11 AM

Xander Bogaerts left Wednesday night's 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays with tightness in his left quadricep.

Bogaerts, who was pulled after going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI single, is considered day-to-day.

John Farrell said the decision to pull Bogaerts from the lineup was "precautionary," and Bogaerts sounded optimistic that he'll be back in the lineup Thursday.

"If I feel the same way I feel right now, I probably will [play]," Bogaerts said. "I'll definitely be ready to go if I wake up feeling the same way I do right now."

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Red Sox Place Joe Kelly On DL With Shoulder Impingement

Apr 20, 2016 4:05 PM

The Boston Red Sox have placed Joe Kelly on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement.

Kelly didn't feel right leading up to Tuesday night's start against the Tampa Bay Rays. He didn't say anything, believing he could push through the soreness that developed into a pinching sensation.

The right-hander walked off the mound with athletic trainer Brad Pearson with two outs in the first inning of Boston's 10-inning, 3-0 loss. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday but could miss considerably more time.

"It's really, really frustrating," Kelly said. "After I came out, I sat on my chair and ... it was something going through my head, pondering about what the next step is."

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Steven Wright Sends Gift To Chris Colabello After Beaning

Apr 18, 2016 4:43 PM

Steven Wright sent a gift to Chris Colabello after the pitcher plunked the first baseman with a fastball to the helmet on Sunday.

"Steven decided that he was going to send over a gift," Colabello said, showcasing a large bottle of liquor.

"He didn't have to," he said. "I'm sure that's not cheap, too."

Wright was visibly upset on the mound, took off his hat and chatted with Colabello when he made his way to first.

"It's just more of a token of saying I'm sorry," Wright said. "I didn't really want it to be a public thing because it was really between me and him.

"I know it's not a necessary thing. The gift was more for me than it was for him to kind of ease it for myself for what happened."

Associated Press

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Dombrowski: Sandoval's MRI Shows 'Great Deal Going On'

Apr 16, 2016 3:19 AM

Just when you thought the Pablo Sandoval saga couldn't get any stranger, it took another twist Friday, with news that Sandoval has an appointment next week with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

Sandoval, who was placed on the DL Wednesday before any medical testing, underwent an MRI exam Thursday that revealed "a great deal going on in his left shoulder," according to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

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Rusney Castillo Optioned To Triple-A Pawtucket

Apr 14, 2016 10:04 AM

The Boston Red Sox have optioned Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox are happy with their outfield depth and don't feel the need to replace Castillo on the roster with another outfielder.

Castillo is owed $56 million over the next five seasons.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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Red Sox Courted Chris Davis Before He Re-Signed With Orioles

Apr 14, 2016 9:59 AM

Chris Davis told the Boston Herald that the Boston Red Sox showed interest in him before he re-signed with the Baltimore Orioles this offseason.

"I pretty much tried to stay out of it as much as I could and let my agent handle it, but I remember their name coming up a few times," Davis said. "I don't know how in depth they talked. I don't know if it was just a feeler or what was going on."

Davis might have been a good fit for the Red Sox going forward with David Ortiz retiring, opening up the DH slot.

Chris Mason/Boston Herald

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Red Sox Place Pablo Sandoval On DL With Shoulder Strain

Apr 14, 2016 9:50 AM

The Boston Red Sox have placed Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

"To give you an exact moment when it took place, I don't have that, to be honest," John Farrell said. "He's been hitting a lot extra before [batting practice] and during the game in the cage."

There is significant mystery surrounding the injury given Sandoval's tumultuous start to the season.

Sandoval, who lost his starting job at third base to Travis Shaw in spring training, explained only that he woke up Wednesday with soreness.

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Red Sox Could Turn To Christian Vazquez At Catcher
The Red Sox have considered activating Christian Vazquez from the disabled list, according to John Farrell.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Red Sox Have No Plans To Demote Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo was the favorite to be the team's starting left fielder, but ultimately lost the job to Brock Holt and Chris Young.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

David Ortiz Passes Eddie Murray On Home Run List
David Ortiz homered on Wednesday night, his second in as many games.

Ian Browne/MLB

David Ortiz Slugs Fifth Opening Day Home Run
David Ortiz hit the fifth Opening Day home run of his Major League career on Tuesday in his final season opener.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Have $48.1M Committed To Bench Players
The Red Sox have made tough decisions to put Travis Shaw and Brock Holt into the starting lineup over Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo entering the season.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

Red Sox Going With Travis Shaw Over Pablo Sandoval At Third
The Red Sox will start Travis Shaw at third base on Opening Day, a decision that sends Pablo Sandoval to the bench.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

A.J. Preller Downplays Possibility Of Trade With Red Sox
The Padres reportedly sent a scout to watch Pablo Sandoval, but A.J. Preller has downplayed the possibility of a trade with the Red Sox.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Red Sox Go With Brock Holt-Chris Young Platoon In Left Field
The Red Sox have plans for left field and they don't include Rusney Castillo.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

David Murphy Opts Out Of Deal With Red Sox
There has already been speculation that the Orioles are interested in David Murphy.

Tim Britton/Providence Journal

Dave Dombrowski Says Contracts Won't Dictate Playing Time
Dave Dombrowski has told the Red Sox coaching staff that playing time and roster spots will not be determined by contracts.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Content With Current Starting Rotation
The Red Sox plan to use some mix of Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez behind David Price, who signed a $217 million contract this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

David Murphy Considering Retirement With Opt-Out Looming
David Murphy has until this coming Sunday to decide on his opt-out clause with the Red Sox.

Jon Tomase/WEEI

Pablo Sandoval: 'Every Year I Have To Prove Myself'
John Farrell says Pablo Sandoval must earn back his job as the club's everyday third baseman.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Report: Pablo Sandoval Slammed Bat On Table While Confronting Reporter
Pablo Sandoval, who has been under a lot of scrutiny heading into this season, reportedly took his frustrations out on a reporter earlier this week.

Jordan Heck/Sporting News

David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez End Two-Year Silence
David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez ran into each other in an indoor batting cage at JetBlue Park, embraced and had a brief conversation.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Daniel Bard Attempting Major League Comeback
Daniel Bard is attempting a Major League comeback four years after he attempted to make it as a starting pitcher with the Red Sox.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Yoan Moncada Impresses In Cameo With Red Sox
The Red Sox invested $63 million in Yoan Moncada last spring.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Hanley Ramirez Refining Approach At Plate
A lot has been made of Hanley Ramirez's defense, but he is also trying to refine his approach at the plate in preparation for the 2016 season.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

David Ortiz Predicts Mookie Betts Will Become $250M Player
David Ortiz pulled Mookie Betts aside this offseason to give him his financial prognosis.

Buster Olney/ESPN

David Murphy Signs Minor League Deal With Red Sox
The deal includes a $2 million base salary should he make the Major League roster and an opt-out clause at the end of the spring.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe