Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. We use the phrase all the time without considering its derivation. But picture what “get it out of your system” actually means. There are only so many ways to sweat, expectorate or . . . uh, eliminate . . . whatever shouldn’t be there in the first place. The good news for David Ortiz is that he’s picked the right time to experience his first extended slump of 2013. The Red Sox are in first place and just took two of three from the Orioles, even after last night’s 3-2 loss. Ortiz might as well get it out of his system now, which makes his choice of words to describe a six-game hitless streak appropriate. “(Expletive) happens,” Ortiz said last night. “It’s not the end of the world. Papi’s going to struggle, too. I’ll be back.” Ortiz’ travails continued with an 0-for-4. He is now 0 for his last 22 and hasn’t recorded a hit since Aug. 18, during the last homestand. It’s a testament to Ortiz’ remarkable season that it took this long for him to really hit a wall. He hit .154 on a seven-game trip through Tampa and Baltimore in June — dropping his average to .299 for exactly one game — but otherwise he has been a machine. And he undoubtedly will be again, not that that’s of much solace to him now. “Hey, I’m a player just like everybody else,” Ortiz said. “I’m not going to put pressure on myself. We don’t have time for that. Just keep trying. That’s the only way you can get out of it.” Herald: Slump doesn't change David Ortiz Are you worried about the slump? I'm not. This happens all the time and there are some people that are freaking the hell out, not many, only a few. So, Big Papi is 0 for his last 22, and his is still leading the team with his .310 average. Ortiz was on a pretty long hot/consistent streak before the slump, and unless you are Miguel Cabrera, you are going to hit that slump sometime during the season. Ortiz will be just fine and better he gets the slump out of the way now. Because, you know, playoffs... Related: Globe: For Ortiz, the slump gets deeper | WEEI: David Ortiz: 'Papi's going to struggle, too' On Page 2, Remy will not be back in the booth this season Jerry Remy announced Thursday evening that he will remain off of the Red Sox’ telecasts throughout the rest of the 2013 season to be with his family. Remy has not called a game for the Sox since his son, Jared Remy, was arrested on Aug. 16 and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel. “I am full of grief for the Martel family,” Jerry Remy said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank NESN and the Red Sox for their support through this nightmare.” WEEI: Jerry Remy will remain out for remainder of Red Sox season A terrible tragedy and it is very understandable that Remy would want to stay out of any spotlight. We look forward to your return next season, Remy. The rest of the links: Herald: Mike Carp's career season comes in limited role | Notebook: Keeping Xander Bogaerts busy at shortstop, third | David Ortiz, Sox fail to KO stumbling Baltimore | Globe: Red Sox in market for righthanded relief? | Red Sox starter Jon Lester just a bit off vs. Orioles
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