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David Ortiz shot in the back, full recovery expected after surgery in the Dominican Republic

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David Ortiz shot in the back, full recovery expected after surgery in the Dominican Republic

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is out of surgery, in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery after he was shot in the back in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

According to CDN News in the Dominican, Ortiz was shot outside a bar in Santo Domingo. Initial reports said Ortiz, 43, was shot in the leg, but CDN later reported that he was shot in the back, with the bullet exiting through his stomach.

Multiple reports, including Ortiz's father, Leo, and his brother, Eloy, said the Red Sox great is out of surgery. His father said a total recovery is expected.

Dominican journalist Dionisio Soldevila reported that Ortiz told the emergency room doctor: "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man." He added that the chief of police told him Ortiz was in stable condition.

CDN reported that one suspect in the shooting was arrested and multiple suspects have been detained. 

The Red Sox released a statement early Monday morning confirming the Ortiz news and have offered the use of a private plane for him. 

Ortiz retired in 2016 as one of the greatest players in franchise history. The three-time World Series champion hit .286 and slammed 541 home runs in his career, including 483 in Boston.

UPDATE: Security video of the shooting. At the  :28 mark, you can see a gun fired at the top of the screen.

Dionisio Soldevila, a sports writer in the Dominican Tweeted that "Chief of Police says David Ortiz is stable and asks not to speculate on mobile".

11:25 pm Update:

After initial reports characterized the shooting as a robbery ESPN'S Jeff Passan reported that police are now saying it was not a robbery.

Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, sent out a heartfelt message on Twitter upon hearing the news of his friend's shooting.

UPDATE (Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. ET): Surgeons had to remove parts of Ortiz's intestines and colon as well as his gallbladder during a six-hour surgery late Sunday night, Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.

The ex-Red Sox slugger is doing "fine" and is "out of danger," according to Lopez, but will remain in intensive care for the next 24 hours.

Ortiz's father, Leo, said doctors told him David will recover quickly and added, "Big Papi will be around for a long time."

UPDATE (Monday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. ET): Doctors confirm to the Boston Glove's Maria Cramer that Ortiz's liver and small and large intestines were damaged by the bullet. His gall bladder was not hit. 

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Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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