David Ortiz: Through the 2012 blowups

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David Ortiz: Through the 2012 blowups

Unfortunately, David Ortiz's July 4th blowup isn't the first. It's actually the third one of note in this season alone, a season that seems to be growing more and more frustrating for the Red Sox DH despite his excellent numbers.

To celebrate Ortiz being in the news once again for the wrong reasons, we take a look back the other infamous moments in Ortiz's 2012 season:

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First Blowup: May 23 in Baltimore

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Reports surface that Ortiz called a players-only meeting. Ortiz then calls out media on what is considered "leadership" in this town. He just can't win . . .

McAdam on Ortiz's leadership rant

Origin of Ortiz's leadership rant
Second blowup: June 21 in Boston

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The bleep hits the fan as far as Ortiz is concerned. He's tired of all the "drama" outside of baseball. This prompted him to say, among other things, of playing in Boston: "It's becoming the bleephole it used to be."

Ortiz: "Becoming the bleephole it used to be."

McAdam: "Ortiz has been building to this blowup."

Ortiz creates some of the drama

Curious timing of Ortiz's remarks

McAdam on The Baseball Show: "Some hypocrisy in Ortiz's comments."

Does Ortiz deserve a multi-year contract?
Third blowup: July 4 in Oakland

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Show me the money. That was Ortiz's main point when venting to a USA Today reporter about his current contract situation. Ortiz said last year's arbitration process was "humiliating" and "embarrassing" and that he's "open to anything" when he hits free agency next season.
Ortiz's latest contract gripe

McAdam: Might not have heard the end of Ortiz' gripeThird blowup cont'd.: Standing Room Only - Any sympathy for Papi? Rich Levine feels bad for David Ortiz, but not in the way that you might think. Where is the old Papi?
Borges: Ortiz shouldn't be penalized for being DH

Massarotti: Ortiz angry he has to work for his money

As expected, Red Sox send Swihart to Pawtucket

As expected, Red Sox send Swihart to Pawtucket

Blake Swihart wasn't going to win a job. Monday merely made that official.

Swihart was optioned out as the Red Sox made further cuts, sending a player who could still be the Red Sox catcher of the future -- well, one of them anyway -- to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he's expected to work on his receiving.

Swihart hit .325 in 40 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"Had a very strong camp and showed improvements defensively. Swung the bat very well," manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida.  "For the player that he is and the person that he is, you love him as a person. He's a hell of a talented player.

"He made some subtle adjustments with his setup [defensively]. That gave him a different look to pitchers on the mound. Pitchers talked positively about the look that they got from him behind the plate. I think it softened his hands somewhat to receive the ball better. And there were a number of occasions where he was able to get a pitchers' pitch called for a strike, so the presentation of the umpire was a little bit more subtle and consistent then maybe years' past."

Sandy Leon's hot hitting in 2016 earned him an automatic crack at the lead catching spot for this year. Combined with the fact that Christian Vazquez looks great defensively, went deep on Sunday and is out of options, Swihart was the obvious odd man out.

He had options, the others didn't.

Deven Marrero was also optioned to Pawtucket. Sam Travis -- who, like Swihart, could break camp with the 2018 team -- was reassigned to minor-league camp, as was catcher Dan Butler.

The Sox have 38 players left in camp, 32 from the 40-man roster.

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg appears headed to disabled list

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg appears headed to disabled list

Tyler Thornburg might be joining David Price on the disabled list to start the season.
 
Thornburg, the biggest acquisition Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made for the bullpen this winter, was scratched Monday because of a spasm in his upper right trapezius — not a great sign for a pitcher who already had throwing shoulder issues this spring.
 
Thornburg, acquired in the trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had barely enough time to get ready for Opening Day prior to Monday’s setback. If he indeed starts the season on the DL, Joe Kelly would be the eighth-inning reliever for the Sox — a role Kelly was headed for anyway given Thornburg’s shaky spring.