Found May 08, 2013 on Sports-Glory:
After starting the year on the disabled list due to an Achilles injury and then having only moderate success while in Triple-A Pawtuckett on a rehab assignment to start the spring, 37 year-old Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz began to express some concern. Worried that both his timing as well as his approach at the plate had suffered, Ortiz could have very easily decided to call it quits and retire. While he was able to avoid any setbacks of consequence during his rehab assignment, the Bosox resident slugger was constantly plagued by pain in his heels which made training all the more difficult. Thankfully for the Fenway faithful however, Ortiz came back just in time and didn’t skip a beat in the process. While the city of Boston was in the midst of the Boston Marathon Bombings and the manhunt that followed, the Kansas City Royals quietly snuck into Beantown for a weekend series with the Bosox. After the first game of the series was understandably postponed, the eyes of the city seemed to simultaneously focus on the Red Sox and the game against the Royals that following Saturday afternoon. Standing on the field prior to the game that day, microphone in hand, David Ortiz announced his return by letting everyone in the world know that Boston would never back down. ”The jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox, it says Boston.” And as the crowd at Fenway began to roar in support of the comment, Ortiz chose to add a few more memorable words that ignited the fans in Boston. ”This is our [expletive] city.” Since that day on April 20th, Ortiz has hit safely in all 15 games that he has played since returning from the DL, including Tuesday night’s 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins when Ortiz went 1-4. The future Hall of Famer has now extended his hitting streak to an impressive 27 games including the 12-game streak he had to end his 2012 season.  After last night’s loss, the veteran has shown that he hasn’t missed a beat and has compiled a .414 batting average with 4 home runs and 17 runs batted in. Twins’ Scott Diamond improved to 3-2 with the win, while Red Sox’ Ryan Dempster fell to 2-3 with the loss in the second game of the series. The third game of the series with the visiting Twins will feature Twins’ Pedro Hernandez (1-0) against Bosox’ Felix Doubront (3-1) on Wednesday night. The Red Sox (21-12), are currently sitting atop the A.L. East with a slim, one-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles (20-13), and a two-game lead over their division rival New York Yankees (18-13). With the win, the Twins improve to (14-15) on the year, 4.5 games back of the first-place Tigers in the American League’s Central Division. The fourth and final game of the series with the Twins is scheduled for Thursday as Ortiz and the Red Sox will call on John Lackey (1-2), while the visitors will send Kevin Correa (3-2) to the hill in hopes of containing the Bosox bats. The post David Ortiz extends hit streak to 27 games appeared first on Sports Glory.
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