Playing in the Bronx one last time, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was given a 30-second standing ovation at Yankee Stadium instead of the usual boos.
There were many fans in Red Sox colors in Thursday night’s crowd, which chanted his nickname “Pa-pi! Pa-pi!” Only a smattering of booing could be heard.
Ortiz struck out in the second inning against CC Sabathia, dropping to 0 for 10 in the three-game series and hitless in his last 14 at-bats against the Yankees. Ortiz walked in the fourth and was replaced by pinch runner Brock Holt, then received another ovation as he jogged to the Red Sox dugout. Ortiz pointed to the Yankees dugout in thanks as he headed to the third base side.
Hitting .315 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs, the 40-year-old designated hitter is having among the greatest final seasons in history.
During a pregame ceremony, Ortiz was presented an oil painting of himself and a book with handwritten letters from current and former Yankees.
“I know he’s caused a lot of heartache to us, but I’m sure the Red Sox fans would say that Jeter and Mo caused a lot of heartache, as well,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier. “I know at times it becomes a bitter rivalry, but this guy has done a lot of special things in the game and he’s meant a ton to that organization. He’s meant a ton to the city of Boston.”
Tigers, Indians postponed
Thursday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians has been postponed because of bad weather, a move that could force the teams to squeeze in a makeup game next week if it needs to be played because of postseason implications.
The Tigers and Indians played a rain-shortened game Wednesday night, which Detroit won 6-3 in five innings, but the scheduled series finale Thursday never began. It was called after a delay of 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Cleveland has clinched the AL Central. The Tigers are one game behind Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card.
Detroit begins a three-game series at Atlanta on Friday night, and Cleveland starts a three-game set at Kansas City. The Tigers and Indians would need to play a makeup game Monday if it could affect who makes the postseason or how teams are seeded.
Montero banned for stimulant
Former major leaguer Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a dimethylbutylamine, his second penalty for a banned substance.
Montero spent this season with Toronto’s Triple-A Buffalo team, batting .317 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. He was a designated hitter and first baseman and was picked as an International League All-Star.
Because the minor league season is over, the suspension will take effect at the start of next year.
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