Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

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Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

The Red Sox wrapped up the third and final day of the draft by taking a local product, right-handed pitcher John Gorman from Norwood, Mass. and Catholic Memorial High School with their final pick in the 50th round on Wednesday.

In all, the Sox took 29 pitchers (21 right-handers, eight lefties), 10 infielders, 10 outfielders and four catchers. Of the 53 players they selected, 29 are from high school, 24 from college.

One of the familiar names they drafted is third baseman Matt Gedman from UMass-Amherst. His father Rich was a catcher with the Sox for 11 of his 13 big league seasons and is currently the hitting coach for short-season Lowell. Matt earned an All-New Englandfirst team selectionand was named to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference First Team after leading the A-10 with a .402 average (76-for-189) this season.

On Day 3, the Sox added another player with local ties. Right-hander Corey Vogt from Suffield, Conn. and Keene State College in New Hampshire was their 39th-round pick. Vogt, a two-time All-Little East Conference reliever, had four saves while posting a 2.82 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 16 relief outings with Keene State this year.

Gorman was named Gatorade MassachusettsBaseball Player of the Year, posting a record of 6-1 with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51.0 innings at the time. He also hit .362 as a third baseman.

Following are all the Sox picks in the 2011 draft:

RD PLAYER POS. BT HT WT SCHOOL HOMETOWN1 MattBarnes RHP RR 6-4 203 University of Connecticut Bethel,CT1 BlakeSwihart C SR 6-1 175 V.Sue Cleveland HS Rio Rancho, NMComp. HenryOwens LHP LL 6-6 190 EdisonHigh School Huntington Beach, CAComp. Jackie Bradley Jr. OF LR 5-10 175 University of South Carolina Prince George, VA2 Williams Jerez OF LL 6-4 190 Grand Street Campus HS Brooklyn,NY3 JordanWeems C LR 6-3 165 ColumbusHigh School Columbus, GA4 NoeRamirez RHP RR 6-3 180 CalState Fullerton East Los Angeles,CA5 MookieBetts SS RR 5-10 165 JohnOverton High School Nashville, TN6 MiguelPena LHP LL 6-2 175 SanJacinto College Palmview, TX7 CodyKukuk LHP LL 6-4 200 LawrenceFree State HS Lawrence, KS8 SenquezGolson OF RR 5-10 191 PascagoulaHigh School Pascagoula, MS9 TravisShaw 1B LR 6-4 215 KentState University Wash. Court House, OH10 CodyKoback OF RR 6-0 185 U.of Wisconsin Stevens Point Plover, WI11 KevinBrahney LHP LL 6-5 220 CalState University, Chico Sunnyvale,CA12 Deshorn Lake RHP RR 6-1 210 Menchville High School Menchville,VA13 MattyOtt RHP RR 6-2 195 Louisiana State University Chalmette,LA14 MikeMcCarthy RHP RR 6-3 185 Cal State Bakersfield Brentwood,CA15 BradenKapteyn RHP RR 6-4 220 Universityof Kentucky Lansing, IL16 DanielGossett RHP RR 6-2 165 JamesF. Byrnes High School Duncan, SC17 BlakeForslund RHP RR 6-4 215 LibertyUniversity Lynchburg, VA18 AndrewJones RHP RR 6-3 185 SamfordUniversity Marietta, GA19 SikesOrvis 1B LR 6-3 210 Freedom High School Orlando,FL20 ZachGood LHP LL 6-4 185 Grayson County College Mesquite, TX21 AustinDavidson SS LR 6-0 175 OxnardHigh School Oxnard, CA22 JoeHoltmeyer RHP RR 6-3 240 Univ.of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE23 JarrettBrown LHP RL 6-3 169 SalemHigh School Conyers, GA24 DrewTurocy OF LL 6-3 185 Universityof Akron Canfield, OH25 TaylorArd 1B RR 6-1 228 WashingtonState University Vancouver, WA26 CodyDill RHP RR 6-1 165 Los Osos High School RanchoCucamonga, CA27 AlexMassey RHP RR 6-2 180 CatholicHigh School Baton Rouge, LA28 BrendenShepard RHP RR 6-0 190 StonehillCollege Boxford, MA29 MattSpalding RHP RR 5-11 190 St.Xavier High School Louisville, KY30 NickMoore 3B SR 6-3 210 BrookwoodHigh School Snellville, GA31 TylerWells OF RR 6-5 180 Lexington Catholic High School Lexington, KY32 JuliusGaines SS RR 6-0 165 LuellaHigh School Locust Grove, GA33 DavidChester 1B RR 6-5 270 Universityof Pittsburgh Collinsville, OK34 BenDartnell LHP RL 6-2 200 Vauxhall High School EastSt. Paul, Manitoba35 CarlosCoste C RR 6-2 186 AcademiaBautista High School San Juan, Puerto Rico36 Jace Herrera RHP RR 6-4 210 Wekiva High School Apopka,FL37 Robert Youngdahl OF LL 6-2 185 Hill-Murray High School Maplewood, MN38 TylerPoole RHP RR 6-6 205 Hickory High School Hickory,NC39 CoreyVogt RHP RR 6-0 170 KeeneState College Suffield, CT40 JordanGross LHP LL 6-2 195 DonBosco Prep HS Franklin Lakes,NJ41 MattMarquis OF RR 6-0 200 Universityof Maryland Annandale, NJ42 DerekODell SS RR 5-11 210 CanyonHigh School Canyon, TX43 BrandonDownes OF RR 6-2 175 South Plainfield High School South Plainfield, NJ44 MattMartin C RR 6-1 195 ThePendleton School (HS) Bradenton,FL45 MattGedman 3B LR 6-2 205 UMASS Amherst Framingham,MA46 MacWilliamson OF RR 6-4 240 WakeForest University Wake Forest, NC47 SamWolff RHP RR 6-2 195 College of Southern Nevada Rapid City, SD48 DavidSosebee RHP RR 6-1 200 WhiteCounty High School Cleveland,GA49 JaddSchmeltzer RHP RR 6-5 245 CornellUniversity Tappan, NY50 John Gorman RHP RR 6-2 220 CatholicMemorial High School Norwood, MA
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Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

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Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

BOSTON - David Ortiz became one of the most celebrated players in Red Sox history during his storied 14-year run in Boston.

On the night he returned to Fenway to have his No. 34 take its place among the franchise's other legends, his former teammates did their part to make sure it was a memorable one.

Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.

It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.

Ramirez said he played with Ortiz on his mind.

"He's my mentor, my big brother. He's everything," Ramirez said. "Today when I saw him on the field crying, it made me cry."

He said his home run was in Big Papi's honor.

"Definitely, definitely, definitely," he said. "I was going to do his thing (pointing his hands in the air) but I forgot."

The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.

"It was vintage Porcello," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "A couple of pitches that cut his night short, but he was crisp throughout."

This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.

He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.

Porcello said he isn't sure if he has completely turned a corner yet after his slow start, but he has felt better in his recent starts.

"Today was a step in the right direction," he said.

Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.

Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.

Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.

Ortiz: 'A super honor' to have number retired by Red Sox

Ortiz: 'A super honor' to have number retired by Red Sox

BOSTON —  The Red Sox have become well known for their ceremonies, for their pull-out-all-the-stops approach to pomp. The retirement of David Ortiz’s No. 34 on Friday evening was in one way, then, typical.

A red banner covered up Ortiz’s No. 34 in right field, on the facade of the grandstand, until it was dropped down as Ortiz, his family, Red Sox ownership and others who have been immortalized in Fenway lore looked on. Carl Yazstremski and Jim Rice, Wade Boggs and Pedro Martinez. 

The half-hour long tribute further guaranteed permanence to a baseball icon whose permanence in the city and the sport was never in doubt. But the moments that made Friday actually feel special, rather than expected, were stripped down and quick. 

Dustin Pedroia’s not one to belabor many points, never been the most effusive guy around. (He’d probably do well on a newspaper deadline.) The second baseman spoke right before Ortiz took to the podium behind the mound.

“We want to thank you for not the clutch hits, the 500 home runs, we want to thank you for how you made us feel and it’s love,” Pedroia said, with No. 34 painted into both on-deck circles and cut into the grass in center field. “And you’re not our teammate, you’re not our friend, you’re our family. … Thank you, we love you.”

Those words were enough for Ortiz to have tears in his eyes.

“Little guy made me cry,” Ortiz said, wiping his hands across his face. “I feel so grateful. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to have the career that I have. But I thank God even more for giving me the family and what I came from, who teach me how to try to do everything the right way. Nothing — not money — nothing is better than socializing with the people that are around you, get familiar with, show them love, every single day. It’s honor to get to see my number …. I remember hitting batting practice on this field, I always was trying to hit those numbers.”

Now that’s a poignant image for a left-handed slugger at Fenway Park.

He did it once, he said — hit the numbers. He wasn’t sure when. Somewhere in 2011-13, he estimated — but he said he hit Bobby Doerr’s No. 1.

“It was a good day to hit during batting practice,” Ortiz remembered afterward in a press conference. “But to be honest with you, I never thought I’d have a chance to hit the ball out there. It’s pretty far. My comment based on those numbers was, like, I started just getting behind the history of this organization. Those guys, those numbers have a lot of good baseball in them. It takes special people to do special things and at the end of the day have their number retired up there, so that happening to me today, it’s a super honor to be up there, hanging with those guys.”

The day was all about his number, ultimately, and his number took inspiration from the late Kirby Puckett. Ortiz’s major league career began with the Twins in 1997. Puckett passed away in 2006, but the Red Sox brought his children to Fenway Park. They did not speak at the podium or throw a ceremonial first pitch, but their presence likely meant more than, say, Jason Varitek’s or Tim Wakefield’s.

“Oh man, that was very emotional,” Ortiz said. “I’m not going to lie to you, like, when I saw them coming toward me, I thought about Kirby. A lot. That was my man, you know. It was super nice to see his kids. Because I remember, when they were little guys, little kids. Once I got to join the Minnesota Twins, Kirby was already working in the front office. So they were, they used to come in and out. I used to get to see them. But their dad was a very special person for me and that’s why you saw me carry the No. 34 when I got here. It was very special to get to see them, to get kind of connected with Kirby somehow someway.”

Ortiz’s place in the row of 11 retired numbers comes in between Boggs’ No. 26 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.