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Thursday June 28, 2012

Big Papi, David Ortiz, One Homerun Away From 400

Big Papi, David Ortiz, One Homerun Away From 400

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David Ortiz has been red hot all season for the Boston Red Sox.  It showed when the Toronto Blue Jays walked Big Papi close to 400 in his first three at-bats. 

They made a mistake pitching to him in his fourth at-bat.  Blue Jays relievers Jesse Chavez threw a first pitch change up for a strike.  It was the first strike Ortiz had seen all day.  The next pitch Ortiz crushed it into the right field seats.  This wasn’t just any other homerun, this homerun put Big Papi one shy of 400 for his career.  It was Big Papi’s 21st of the season, it also tied him on the all-time homerun list with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline. He is just behind Duke Snider (407), who is 48th on the all-time list. 

After last season when many writers, fans and even players thought he was done, Ortiz took the offseason and worked hard to get into better shape.  He came into the season 30 pounds lighter.  With the Red Sox win over the Blue Jays 10-4, they are now tied for third place with the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.  They sit 6.5 games behind the New York Yankees. 

Written by HS News Sports writer:  Tim Horodyski