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David Ortiz hits two homers, drives in six as Red Sox drub the Twins

May 18, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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Even at the age of 37 and less than a year separated from an Achilles injury, David Ortiz can still hit with the best of them. The slugger entered tonight’s game against the Twins with a .999 OPS, including five home runs and 23 RBI in 98 trips to the plate. Since joining the club on April 20 after a stint on the 15-day DL, Ortiz has been his team’s best and most consistent source of offense, which is saying a lot considering their options — Dustin Pedroia, for instance, has a .438 on-base percentage.

Ortiz hit two more home runs tonight: a three-run shot against Twins starter Scott Diamond in the first inning, and a two-run shot against reliever Anthony Swarzak in the seventh. He finished the night with three hits, a walk, and six RBI as the Red Sox won 12-5. Pedro Ciriaco was the only member of the lineup not to log a hit. At the time of Ortiz’s homer in the seventh, the Sox were clutching tightly their 7-5 lead, but were finally allowed to breathe a sigh of relief with the added insurance provided by the tenured slugger.

Recently in the news for the wrong reasons thanks to Dan Shaughnessy, you have to imagine his recent offensive tear — he went 3-for-5 yesterday — tastes extra sweet.

  1. townballblog - May 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    In other news…Dan Shaughnessy ate his heart out.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      In the desert
      I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
      Who, squatting upon the ground,
      Held his heart in his hands,
      And ate of it.
      I said, “Is it good, friend?”
      “It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;

      “But I like it
      “Because it is bitter,
      “And because it is my heart.”

      ….Stephen Crane

  2. vallewho - May 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    check that fool for milkshakes!

  3. acdc84 - May 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Give an assist to the drug manufacturers!

  4. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Yes Bill, no doubt it must taste extra sweet, those milk shakes usually do.
    (thanks for the set-up)

    • Bill Baer - May 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      you owe me

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2013 at 5:50 AM

        That’s a pretty fucking good milkshake.


  5. bmoreravens1012013 - May 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Wait, I must be confused ….what tastes extra sweet? ….does steroids come in candy form now? This guy has been popped for roids and is at his peak at the ripe ol’ age of 37, lol….right, and I have some wet matches to sell you!

  6. yournuts - May 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM


  7. hcf95688 - May 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Once a cheater always a cheater.

  8. mazblast - May 19, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    OK, Shaughnessy, let’s agree on an independent laboratory. Ortiz will pee in one cup and you’ll pee in the other. If Ortiz’ sample comes back positive for PEDs, he’s suspended; if yours comes back positive for alcohol, you’re suspended for the same length of time he would be suspended.

    Uh huh. Thought so. Just another dish-it-out-but-can’t-take-it guy.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 19, 2013 at 3:22 AM

      How many cups has Lance pee’ed in that came back clean? Hard to believe people still think testing clean without drawing blood has any meaning.

  9. mudhead123 - May 19, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Steroids… Non story… For the naysayers… Who is the only other player in MLB history to perform this well at 37? Barry Bonds

  10. mudhead123 - May 19, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    @mazblast…. Is it illegal to drink? Stop defending an obvious user and enjoy the production

  11. theskinsman - May 19, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    So many fools, use your eyes. See a Barroid Giant head? See a Roidger Roid rage incident? See the youthful facial skin of the Yanks left infield? Has He had an inexplicable bone break?

    Proof he’s a cheater? Not so much. Ortiz looks like what he is, a 37 year old who can still hit.
    For the mentally challenged mudhead,look up what Ty Cobb hit late in his career.

    • ptfu - May 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      It’s not just the Georgia Peach. Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Edgar Martinez, Tris Speaker, Carlton Fisk (a catcher!) and many others from every era of baseball have had productive seasons at age 37 or later.

  12. mplsjoe - May 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Twins didn’t need him. But maybe those homers were opposite-field jobs?

  13. riverace19 - May 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    It’s not like Papi got better… he is still raking like he always has. He can’t run. He is obviously aging. Big difference this year is he is beating the shift more often. Power has been there and is still there.
    Tired of the ignorance here crying PEDs everytime someone 35+ does well.

    • hcf95688 - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      “It’s not like Papi got better”

      Sure it is. He got better once the Twins gave up on him and he turned to the juice.

  14. mudhead123 - May 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    @the skinman… He was already busted and said he doesn’t know why he tested positive. You’re a fucking idiot and it shows

  15. mudhead123 - May 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Ortiz did and is doing PEDs… Fact. Of not why hasn’t he cleared his name for testing POSiTIVE???? He is a cheater and the sox still suck

  16. theskinsman - May 20, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    What did he test positive for??? Never mind, your childish, poorly formed brain can’t comprehend facts. Please feel free to continue your tantrum.

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