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David Ortiz on Aaron Judge: 'This guy is not human'

David Ortiz on Aaron Judge: 'This guy is not human'

MIAMI — This isn’t your typical Red Sox-Yankees love affair, if such a thing ever existed before.

David Ortiz cannot get enough of Home Run Derby winner Aaron Judge, comparing to him movie characters.

“It’s an Avatar,” Ortiz told MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds on Tuesday afternoon. “This guy is not human. I mean, I experienced something yesterday… I had, like, a really good view of what was happening down here yesterday and to be honest with you, we experienced something new yesterday during the Home Run Derby, better than ever before. We had  a guy that it seems like he was hitting from both sides of the plate. Because he was hitting balls oppo — not one, not two and not just over the fence. 

“I was watching that and I was like, this ridiculous. So to me, yesterday was a new experience, a new stage in the home run derby, because I have never seen anything like that before.”

In another MLB Network interview with Kevin Millar, Ortiz said Judge was like a character from the movie “300.”

“Bro, seriously,” Ortiz said. “Seven foot tall, good looking, ripped. Zero body fat and super nice.”

Judge said hello to Ortiz on the field Tuesday, and it wasn’t the first time they had seen each other recently. A little more than a month ago, Ortiz was at CC Sabathia’s charity event in New York and gave Judge about the highest praise a young slugger can receive.

“That kid is scary man. That’s the scariest thing I have ever seen,” Ortiz said in June. “A guy that big that hits like that man, that’s special.”

Ortiz predicted Chris Sale would win the game’s MVP.

“And my second pick is going to be my boy Mookie Betts,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz, who’s pitching Coca-Cola at the All-Star Game, said it was a noticeably different experience not playing because of how structured everything is when you’re participating as an All-Star. He got into Miami on Sunday morning, which was weird in itself, because players typically arrive in All-Star host cities late on Sunday nights.

Ortiz was recently in Europe with Red Sox owner John Henry.

“And we have a great time,” Ortiz said. "[We went] all the way around the coast between Italy and Spain and I experienced things that I had never experience before because I don’t know how to swim. So I was wearing my life jacket everywhere."

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.