SAN DIEGO -- Red Sox warrior-poet David Ortiz was the American League's starting DH in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Petco Park (AL 4, NL 2). It was also his final All-Star appearance, as Big Papi long ago announced that the 2016 season would be his last.

In his 10th and final Midsummer Classic, he grounded out in the first and then worked a seven-pitch walk off Jose Fernandez in the third (contrary to advance speculation, Fernandez didn't serve one up to him). After that, AL manager Ned Yost listed Ortiz for pinch-runner Edwin Encarnacion so that the former could get a proper All-Star send-off ...

Ortiz entered Tuesday night with a career All-Star batting line of .313/.389/.500 in 18 plate appearances.

Now Ortiz will get back to helming the Red Sox as they aim to get back to the postseason. He'll enter the second half with a robust line of .332/.426/.682 with 22 homers and a majors-leading 34 doubles. At this rate, he'll wind up with perhaps the greatest final season in baseball history. Provided he actually retires, of course ...

Developing, possibly!