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Ortiz surprised by 15-year-old daughter singing National Anthem

Ortiz surprised by 15-year-old daughter singing National Anthem

BOSTON - David Ortiz isn't one to be nervous on the baseball field, but that might have changed Monday at Fenway Park.

No, the fact that Ortiz is in his final MLB season isn't getting to him, but he got the surprise of his life after he was introduced in the Red Sox starting lineup and stood along the first base line to hear the National Anthem.

Ortiz did not know that his 15-year-old daughter, Alex, was going to sing it.

Cameras showed Ortiz laughing with teammates as the announcement was made, but that laughter most likely turned to a bit of nerves as Alex began.

Luckily, the anthem went off without a hitch, and Ortiz was quick to go over to her once it ended and give her a big hug. You could tell he was emotional.

After the ceremony, Ortiz was joined by former greats from Boston's three other major professional sports franchises -- Bill Russell from the Celtics, Bobby Orr from the Bruins and Ty Law from the Patriots -- in throwing out the first pitch. And then he and three other former teammates -- Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek -- gave the "Play ball!" announcement.

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.