David Ortiz says he wants to be back in Boston, but didn't say what it would take to keep him there.
According to an ESPNBoston.com report by Joe McDonald, the jovial Red Sox' DH spoke to his ability to handle the pressure of Boston as one of the reasons for the Sox to bring him back.
"What people don't realize is that this is a tough place to play," said Ortiz. "Playing here is tough and when you have a player who knows how to handle his business here, that's a keeper. As long as that player is providing what you ask him for, and I'm not just talking about my situation, but about things in general. But we'll see."
Recent signings like Carl Crawford and John Lackey have struggled in the high-scrutiny market, proving Ortiz' point.
Ortiz said there have not yet been any negotiations with the club.
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.
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.