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Lester won't believe Ortiz is retiring until next spring training

Lester won't believe Ortiz is retiring until next spring training

SAN DIEGO -- Most everyone in baseball accepts that this will indeed by David Ortiz's last season, as he's vowed.

Those who see Ortiz and his physical struggles and limitations due to aching feet and suspect heels understand that Ortiz is sincere about his retirement.

But some -- including former teammate Jon Lester -- aren't entirely convinced.

"I still don't 100 percent believe that this is it for him,'' said Lester, now with the Chicago Cubs. "But I'll guess we'll see come next spring training. I'm just happy for him. He's been a part of this game for a long time and been the fact of this game for a long time. I'm sure that wears on you as a person and a family guy like he is.

"I'm sure he's ready to go home, but like I said, I'll believe it come next spring training.''

Even from the other league and with some distance from the Red Sox, Lester is awed by the kind of season Ortiz is having at 40.

"To see the numbers,'' said Lester, "it's pretty amazing what he's still able to do, day in and day out. Really nothing surprises me with David. It's always something. He always pulls out the amazing at the right time. It's fun to watch, as always, with him.''

Lester was teammates with Xander Bogaerts in 2013, and briefly with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts before departing Boston as the trade deadline in 2014 and has nothing but positives to say about the new core of the Red Sox.

"I didn't really get to be around Mookie too much,'' noted Lester, who was only with the Sox about a month after Betts made his debut. "Obviously, the hype was there. I still keep tabs on those guys and pay attention and what he's been able to do in the last few years is pretty impressive.

"Obviously, we all saw what Xander was able to do (in the 2013) World Series. It's a good group. And I'm really happy for Jackie. He took a hell of a beating there for a couple of years. For him to put in the work and the time and the effort to get where he's at now, I'm sure for him it's very rewarding. It's nice to see. We all know the defensive talent was there, but to see him find his offensive side is awesome.''

 

Rafael Devers' 30th homer a milestone on a couple of fronts for Red Sox

Rafael Devers' 30th homer a milestone on a couple of fronts for Red Sox

Rafael Devers broke up Jeff Samardjiza's no-hitter at Fenway Park on Wednesday night in a big way.

The Red Sox third baseman sent a line drive into the right-field seats in the sixth inning after the San Francisco Giants right-hander had worked 5 2/3 no-hit innings. It was home run No. 30 for Devers, a career-high for the 22-year-old third baseman, and it gave him and teammate Xander Bogaerts a remarkable distinction.

Bogaerts (31 homers, 50 doubles) and Devers, who also has 50 doubles, are the first teammates to reach the 30-50 mark in the same season in MLB history.

It also gives the Red Sox three 30-home run hitters (J.D. Martinez has a team-leading 35) and Mookie Betts is closing in on the mark with 28. If Betts (out with a foot injury) can get there, it would be the first Red Sox team with four 30-homer hitters. 

Devers tied Butch Hobson (1977) for most homers by a Red Sox third baseman and joins an exclusive group with 30 homers, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored before turning 23:

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Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski throws first pitch to grandson in awesome moment

Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski throws first pitch to grandson in awesome moment

This week has been very special for the Yastrzemski family.

Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski's grandson, Mike, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. The younger Yastrzemski even hit a home run in the Giants' 7-6 loss in 15 innings.

Wednesday provided the family with another moment it will never forget. Carl threw out the first pitch with Mike doing the catching. The embrace between them after the pitch made for one of the most heartwarming scenes of the 2019 season. 

Check it out in the videos below:

Baseball is very much a sport that connects generations, and this moment is a great example. 

Mike Yastrzemski is in his rookie season for the Giants and has provided some much-needed power at the plate. The 29-year-old right fielder is batting .266 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 97 games.

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