1:20 PM EDT, Sun March 29, 2015

Red Sox's plan on Shane Victorino: 3 straight games

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Here are the lineups for Saturday’s exhibition here between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. Red Sox Shane Victorino, RF Brock Holt, 3B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Rusney Castillo, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryan Hanigan, C Jemile Weeks, 2B Steven Wright, RHP Rays John Jaso, DH Steve Souza, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Evan Longoria, 3B James Loney, 1B Desmond Jennings, LF Brandon Guyer, CF Logan Forsythe, 2B Curt Casali, C Nathan Karns, RHP Plans for Victorino and Ortiz: Red Sox manager John Farrell said the plan is for...
Newark Star-Ledger Mar 27, 2015
Does David Ortiz believe the Yankees had something to do with his steroid reputation?

Does David Ortiz believe the Yankees had something to do with his steroid reputation?

Red Sox slugger's theory: "New York-based" enemy leaked his name to cause a distraction
Boston Herald Mar 27, 2015
David Ortiz is motivated to salvage his legacy

David Ortiz is motivated to salvage his legacy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It doesn’t matter any more if you believe David Ortiz knowingly or unknowingly took performance enhancing drugs during his career.As Ortiz made abundantly clear in his lively and fierce defense of his reputation in The Players’ Tribune Thursday, the jury already submitted its verdict.Unless hard evidence emerges, Ortiz is going to spend the rest of his career and probably his life kicking and screaming about his innocence – or, at least his naivete.He’s pleading for leniency now.
Newark Star-Ledger Mar 27, 2015

Attention, Alex Rodriguez's lawyer: Red Sox's David Ortiz defends himself vs. steroid allegations

The relationship between A-Rod and Ortiz hasn't been the same since Joe Tacopina took a perceived steroid shot at the Red Sox slugger
Baltimore Sun Mar 27, 2015

David Ortiz Says Never 'Knowingly' Took Steroids; Deserves Hall Of Fame

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame."
Over the Monster Mar 27, 2015

David Ortiz wanted to kill Dan Shaughnessy

Dan Shaughnessy's steroid accusation left David Ortiz feeling murderous. He shouldn't waste his time. Yesterday, David Ortiz took to the Player's Tribune to once again revisit the issue of his failed drug test from 2003. It's likely no coincidence that his piece was released on the same day as Bob Hohler's feature on the exact same subject. It's rare that we get a chance to hear from players without having the media play middleman. Sure, there's probably some editing going on between his exact words and the ones that hit the internet, but this is at the very least Ortiz' story from Ortiz'...
Fenway Nation Mar 27, 2015

David Ortiz Confronts PED Issue Head-On

Red Sox DH David Ortiz has written an astonishing article in The Players' Tribune—the online publication for athletes founded by Derek Jeter. The piece is astonishing for a couple of reasons—first, he didn't have to confront the issue at all; second, the forthright tone of the piece is unusual from a mega-star like Ortiz. If you had to isolate one segment as representative of the full article, it would probably be this:"Say whatever you want about me — love me, hate me. But I’m no bullxxxxxer. I never knowingly took any steroids. If I tested positive for anything, it was for...
Over the Monster Mar 27, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Garin Cecchini

Today's links look at an angry Shane Victorino, a healthy(?) Christian Vazquez, and a clutch Rusney Castillo. David Ortiz wrote about his legacy, among other things, for Derek Jeter's Player Tribune yesterday. It's a fantastic read. (David Ortiz, The Players Tribune) Shane Victorino was fired up yesterday, too, as he responded to those who claimed he threw Mookie Betts under the bus with comments earlier this week. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) Dustin Pedroia has certainly dealt with some injuries in recent years, but is that the only reason for his power outage? (Sahadev Sharma; Baseball...
David Ortiz Digs In Against Accusations of Steroid Use

David Ortiz Digs In Against Accusations of Steroid Use

In an essay penned in Derek Jeter's "The Players' Tribune" Thursday, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz defended himself against ongoing allegations of prior PED use and emphatically stated that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame after his baseball career is over.
Boston Herald Mar 27, 2015
Perturbed David Ortiz pens PED piece

Perturbed David Ortiz pens PED piece

FORT MYERS — In a first-person account that minces few words and uses many that cannot be printed in a family newspaper, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz jumped to his own defense over accusations that have haunted him since 2003, when his name was pulled out of a long, supposedly anonymous list of players who tested positive for a banned substance.The piece, headlined “The Dirt,” appeared in The Players’ Tribune, Derek Jeter’s new online forum for athletes to weigh in on whatever topic they please.

David Ortiz should realize clean tests can't be considered foolproof

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You can admire David Ortiz’s passion, respect his anger, understand his frustration that his remarkable accomplishments in 13 seasons -- including three World Series titles -- with the Boston Red Sox are filtered through the prism of baseball’s Steroid Era, and his name being linked to a positive PED test in 2003 that was supposed to be anonymous. His fellow players surely empathize with his despair that his work ethic, intelligence and mental preparation, not to mention the difficult circumstances of his upbringing that he was able to overcome, are given short shrift...
Full Count | WEEI Mar 26, 2015

David Ortiz in The Players’ Tribune essay: ‘I never knowingly took any steroids’

David Ortiz took to Derek Jeter‘s website, The Players’ Tribune, to voice his thoughts on a number of different topics — the biggest being steroids. In 2009 it came out that in 2003 Ortiz tested positive on a test to determine whether mandatory random drug testing was necessary in Major League Baseball. The results were […]

David Ortiz returns; Rusney Castillo hits walk-off homer in 10th

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort, where David Ortiz emerged from a 10-day hibernation looking a bit sleepy and Mookie Betts continued his fast-track ride to the Spring Training Hall of Fame in the Red Sox’s 5-4, 10-inning win over the Twins Thursday at JetBlue Park: Ortiz’s return from an eight-game absence was more about being healthy enough to be in the lineup than wowing anybody with tape-measure shots. Ortiz hadn’t played since March 16 because of dehydration, flu-like symptoms and what manager John Farrell described as “general soreness,” which included the...
Full Count | WEEI Mar 26, 2015

David Ortiz feels ‘all right’ testing his wheels, Rusney Castillo walks off in Red Sox’ 5-4 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The sight of David Ortiz‘s maple bat exploding violently is not what captured the attention of Red Sox manager John Farrell in the slugger’s second at-bat Thursday at JetBlue Park. It was the sight of him legging out a fielder’s choice that drove in Mookie Betts from third base. The ball […]

Bryce Brentz, Garin Cecchini, Henry Owens among Red Sox cuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz makes his return to the lineup for the first time since March 16 when the Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins at JetBlue Park Thursday afternoon. Ortiz has been dealing with soreness brought on by dehydration, followed by a bout with flu. He has had 15 at-bats this spring, but with the Sox breaking camp a week from Saturday, has time to ratchet that total to a number he is comfortable with. Last spring, Ortiz had 37 at-bats; in 2013, he missed all of spring training.

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