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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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Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."

Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Minor League Baseball is getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported that hundreds of minor leaguers were released Thursday, and that hundreds more cuts are likely to follow in the coming weeks.

It's also possible the 2020 minor league season doesn't happen at all. Regardless, teams are looking for ways to trim costs, and one place that's being impacted is minor league rosters.

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The Boston Red Sox have become the latest Major League Baseball team to announce the release of minor leaguers. Here's the list of players from Friday's announcement:

Pitchers : Matthew Gorst (RHP), Alex Demchak (LHP), Dylan Thompson (RHP), Robbie Baker (RHP), Chris Machamer (RHP), Connor Berry (RHP), Eddie Jimenez (RHP), Kelvin Sanchez (LHP), Zach Schneider (RHP), and Mason Duke (RHP)

Catchers: Joe DeCarlo, Samuel Miranda, and Breiner Licona

Infielders: Nick Lovullo, Juremi Profar, Korby Batesole, Andre Colon, and Nilo Rijo

Outfielders: Edgar Corcino, Keith Curcio, Trenton Kemp, and Marino Campana

Here's a list of other MLB teams making these kinds of cuts. 

One of the many unfortunate aspects of this development is that a lot of the players around the league who are being released might never play professional baseball again. 

Several major league players are going into their own pocket to financially assist minor leaguers, including former Red Sox pitcher David Price, who's giving $1,000 of his own money to each Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer in June.

It's still possible the 2020 MLB season will happen in some form. Both the league and MLBPA reportedly have been discussing and negotiating on several different issues, but there's been no public agreement on a return proposal at this time.