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Ortiz hits first home run in his final Florida spring training at-bat


Ortiz hits first home run in his final Florida spring training at-bat

FORT MYERS, Fla. - In his final Florida spring training at-bat, David Ortiz hit his first home run of the spring in the Red Sox's 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Ortiz announced on his 40th birthday in November that this will be his final season. He played in 342 Grapefruit League games in Fort Myers over 20 seasons with the Twins and Red Sox.

With two outs in the fifth, Ortiz launched a ball over the right field wall. Two batters earlier, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton sprinted backward and dove to catch Josh Rutledge's drive to the warning track for an out.

The Red Sox opened the scoring in the third when Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a walk and scored when Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play.

Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run of the spring.  Clay Buchholz, in his final spring training start, allowed a run on two hits in four innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Minnesota's Eddie Rosario hit his third homer, and Danny Santana had three hits and two RBI.

The Red Sox play exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal on Friday and Saturday before opening the regular season Monday in Cleveland. 

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Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.