Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps

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Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps

Pedro Martinez is back. As is Jason Varitek. Those two members of the Red Sox are helping the team as "assistants", and look to remain parts of the organization for a while.

Martinez said he wants to stick around for a long time.

David Ortiz isn't retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?

"Probably. Probably," Ortiz said. "I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I'm saying? I'm always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better."

But Ortiz will hope to get the Red Sox better at the plate for the next two seasons. Jessica Moran asks him if he feels he'll be able to stay healthy for those two seasons.

"What can I tell you, I keep on working hard," Ortiz said. "I know what it takes for myself to be ready. We are pretty much on the same page. They're not trying to push me or do anything crazy ... But like I said, experience plays a big role in guys like myself. I know what it takes to be ready and to do what I've been doing for years here. If I'm healthy and I'm out there plauying, I know that I'm going to end up putting up numbers. So time is the matter right now.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.