Ortiz went 0-for-1 with a walk in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The veteran DH got only two at-bats before exiting as expected, striking out and then walking. He finishes this series 0-for-10 with four strikeouts, exiting baseball's biggest rivalry with a whimper.
Ortiz went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Baltimore. Ortiz's second home run in as many days provided the margin of victory in this one. Manager John Farrell's decision to give him a day off Sunday preceding this hot streak is looking like a brilliant decision. The designated hitter is slashing .318/.403/.634 in what has been a brilliant campaign.
Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Monday. The homer was Ortiz's 35th of the year, setting a record for most home runs in a year by a player over the age of 40. Big Papi has shown few signs of slowing down as the end of the season nears, hitting .354/.431/.708 over his last 15 games to raise his batting average to .317.
Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Ortiz has served as Boston's DH every day that position has been available since Aug. 25. The veteran previously hinted at a day off Sunday, and manager John Farrell will concur, instead starting Travis Shaw at first base. The move will also give fellow veteran Hanley Ramirez a day off from playing the field, as he'll move to the DH role for the evening contest.
Ortiz may not play in Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox had hoped to have Ortiz in the lineup everyday from here on out during the regular season, but there are days when a 40-year-old athlete feels like a 40-year-old non-athlete. "Today is a bad day to be 40 years old," Ortiz said with a chuckle as he entered Fenway Park on Saturday. With Boston stretching its AL East lead to three games and facing left-hander CC Sabathia, Ortiz could get a one-day respite Sunday.
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