BOSTON David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Indians. Ortiz left Fridays game when Darnell McDonald pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Manager Bobby Valentine said after the game, a 7-5 Red Sox win, Ortiz might have bruised his heel running out an infield single in the fifth inning.
When I talked to him before Saturdays game he said hes probably not going to be stealing a lot of bases tonight but hes ok to go, Valentine said.
We have an understanding if he feels anything, if he feels like maybe he should be not swinging even if it's in the middle of the bat, hell let us know. But he says hes OK to go and the training room thinks hes OK to go.
Ortiz, who is batting third, is hitting .352 with seven home runs and 23 RBI this season. He is 2-for-8 with a run scored and a walk in two games against the Indians.
BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.
The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.
Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.
A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.
In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.
"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.
The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.
Watch the video in the tweet below.