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Suspect in David Ortiz shooting ordered to one year in preventive prison, DR authorities identify man who paid hit men

Suspect in David Ortiz shooting ordered to one year in preventive prison, DR authorities identify man who paid hit men

A suspect in the attempted killing of Red Sox legend David Ortiz was ordered to one year of preventive prison Monday. 

The man, nicknamed "Bone," and whose real name is Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, has been accused of being a liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them, according to the Associated Press. Dominican authorities said they were "closing in" on the mastermind and the motive behind the attack on Ortiz. 

UPDATE -- 12:07 a.m.

DR authorities identify the man they say paid the hitmen who carried out the Ortiz shooting. His name is Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, a judge announced at a hearing for Perez, nicknamed "Bone." Mota is believed to be a fugitive. 

Court documents stated that a man in prison for an unrelated case reached out to Perez regarding the alleged job a week before the shooting took place and sent him a picture for Perez to show it to the hit men. It is unknown to this point if the person pictured was Ortiz. 

Documents also state Perez sold the phone he used to plan the attack the day after the shooting in order to get rid of evidence. 

Perez is one of 10 suspects detained, but authorities are still looking for two more people, including the man accused of paying the hit men. 

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Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt has been the Red Sox utility man for a long time, but not quite to the extent that he was during Saturday's win over the Orioles. 

According to Justin Long and Elias Sports, Holt became the first Red Sox player to play second base, first base and shortstop in the same game. 

Holt started the game at second but moved to first base after Michael Chavis exited the game with back spasms in the fifth. Then, when the game was out of hand and Xander Bogaerts was subbed out of the game for Sam Travis, Holt moved over to shortstop so Travis could play first. 

Holt is used to playing about every position on the field and probably has more gloves than we could ever imagine. Every great team needs someone who can fill in for injured players like Holt, but once the team is at full strength he'll get to go back to his natural position at second base. Of course, it's likely he could split time with Chavis if and when Mitch Moreland makes his way back from injury. 

The eight-year veteran has battled with injuries of his own this season, only appearing in 40 games for the Red Sox. However, he's been productive when available, posting a .344/.390/.451 slash line in 122 at-bats. 

If the Red Sox are going to turn into the team they're capable of being, getting a steady diet of Brock Holt should go a long way towards them developing some consistency. 

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Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis exited the Red Sox' game against the Orioles in the fifth inning Saturday night with back spasms. He will not return and has been ruled day-to-day by the team. 

Chavis was replaced by Brock Holt, who moved over some second base as Marco Hernandez filled in at second base. 

The Red Sox probably hope Chavis doesn't miss extended time while they wait for Mitch Moreland to make his return from injury as well. Chavis leads all AL rookies in RBI and has been a much-needed source of offensive production in an inconsistent Red Sox lineup. 

As MassLive's Chris Cotillo notes, the Red Sox were most likely be cautious with their rookie infielder given the high temperatures in Baltimore this weekend. 

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