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Verdugo earns praise from Big Papi for big day vs. Twins

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Alex Verdugo's performance in Wednesday's doubleheader vs. the Minnesota Twins got the attention of one of his childhood idols.

Verdugo was the MVP of both Boston Red Sox victories, making a game-winning diving grab in Game 1 and hitting the go-ahead two-run single and a solo home run in Game 2. Red Sox legend David Ortiz took notice and had a message for the 24-year-old on Twitter.

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That has to be pretty surreal for Verdugo, who said last year after joining the Red Sox that Ortiz was his "main guy" growing up as a baseball fan. Of course, the tweet probably pales in comparison to the hug he got to give Big Papi after meeting him in Fort Myers.

Verdugo now is slashing .273/.340/.500 with two homers and eight RBIs through 11 games played. The Red Sox are 9-3 and riding a nine-game win streak.