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Yankees GM believes Red Sox are still AL East favorites

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Yankees GM believes Red Sox are still AL East favorites

The Yankees really outdid themselves this offseason, adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton to their already powerful batting order.

Bringing Stanton to New York is a pretty horrifying prospect for anyone in the AL East. Especially considering the Bronx Bombers already have Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorius.

Most MLB fans are already leaning toward crowning the Yankees AL East champions.

But Brian Cashman says not so fast.

The Yankees GM believes that there's still work to do in order to top the Red Sox, and rightfully so. His team is still in the early portions of spring training. 

“They’re the AL East champs, so we’re not on equal footing,” Cashman said to media on Wednesday. “We were the Wild Card. They had the title within the division last year. I don’t know if they’re putting a flag up for it or not, but they are the AL East champs, we are not. So we are not on equal footing until we take that away from them, while at the same time preventing anybody that finished behind us from surpassing us and joining the fray.

Cashman even goes on to compliment the roster moves the O's and Blue Jays have executed this offseason.

“Toronto’s done a lot of work on its roster. Baltimore is starting to make some signs. So, no, we’re not on the same ground because they are the AL East champions, and until someone takes that away from them, you’ve got to pay homage.”

Does anyone actually buy the Yanks are underdogs to the Sox? Probably not.

But Cashman wants to make sure he is respectful and wouldn't want to provide any extra motivation for Boston to feed off.

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David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, shares touching Father's Day tribute to Big Papi

This Father's Day hit close to home for Tiffany Ortiz.

Sunday marked exactly one week since Tiffany's husband, former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, was shot outside a bar in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz sustained serious injuries but is in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital and expected to make a full recovery, which had Tiffany counting her blessings in a Father's Day Instagram tribute to "Big Papi."

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This Fathers Day brings with it a new appreciation for life and an awareness in what truly matters. This man, my husband, the father of our beautiful children has been the center of our universe for as long as we have been together (23years strong). It has been deeply felt that the outside world also acknowledges his presence as a father figure to all. Please celebrate this Papi’s Day with the ones you love. Be present in every moment, don’t get hung up on gifts, material things, titles, fame or fortune. Those things can be taken away in a moments notice and all we are left with is the memories of the moments we truly connected and grounded ourselves in true love ❤️ #PapisDay #Fathersday #surroundyourselveswithreallove #groundyourselfinnature #connectwithgod #allwehaveisthepresentmoment #familyovereverything #weallhaveapurposeinlife #iambeyondgrateful #pleasekeepPapiinyourprayers 🙏🏽💙

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Juliana Ramirez, the wife of Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez, was among thousands to comment on Tiffany's post with their well wishes.

David and Tiffany's two children, DeAngelo and Alexandria, also posted Instagram tributes to their father Sunday, as the family is sticking close together while Ortiz recovers.

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A late Happy Father’s Day to my day one. Nothing more to say other than thank you for the sacrifices you have made to give not only me but our entire family the whole world in our eyes. You have worked so tremendously hard while not fully enjoying the fruits of your labor. The thing you said today that made me pause was: “sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day.” Shortly after I replied “we still have Dominican Father’s Day” through invading tears as I can’t wait to show you the Game of Thrones inspired gift. Also, unrelated, I can now read Tarot cards only in terms of Game of Thrones. Feliz día de los padres tardío a mi papá. No queda mucho por decir mas que darte las gracias por los sacrificios que has hecho para darme no solo a mi sino a toda nuestra familia el mundo en nuestros ojos. Has construido una vida tremenda incluso sin poder disfrutar de tus frutos. Lo que dijiste hoy que me hizo pausar fue: “perdóname, así no es que celebramos el Día del Padre.” Poco después, te respondí “Aún tenemos el Día del Padre Dominicano,” a través de las lágrimas que me invadían. No puedo esperar a enseñarte tu regalo inspirado en Game of Thrones. En otra nota, puedo leer cartas del Tarot relacionadas a Game of Thrones.

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Alexandria included an emotional detail in her post, mentioning that Ortiz told her Sunday, "sorry, this isn’t the way we should celebrate Father’s Day."

But the Ortiz clan seems to be rallying around David, just as authorities attempt to administer justice in the expanding case: Nine suspects now have been indicted in connection to Ortiz's shooting, while a 10th has turned himself in.

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Report details separate attempt to harm David Ortiz months before shooting

Report details separate attempt to harm David Ortiz months before shooting

Police have indicated the attempt on David Ortiz's life last Sunday night was part of a (somewhat) coordinated plan.

It also may not have been the first attempt to murder or harm the former Boston Red Sox slugger.

The New York Daily News' Teri Thompson and Christian Red describe an incident involving Ortiz that took place in the Dominican Republic months before Sunday's shooting, citing three sources, including one "with knowledge of the Ortiz case."

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The sources claim Ortiz’s white Lexus was chased and cut off by a black Mercedes SUV before crashing in front of a firehouse. Firefighters came to his assistance, according to the sources, but an official report is not believed to have been made. The incident did not appear in the media.

It isn't clear who was involved in that attempt to run Ortiz off the road, and whether they had a connection to those involved in Ortiz's shooting last Sunday in the Dominican.

But the scope appears to be widening in the Ortiz case, as police now have indicted nine suspects involved in Sunday's shooting -- including the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz -- while a tenth suspect has turned himself in.

Reports suggest at least two of those suspects have ties to the United States; Ferreira-Cruz was indicted in New Jersey in 2017 in a robbery case, while Luis Rivas-Clase is suspected to be the same person wanted in a 2018 shooting in Reading, Pa.

Amid reports that last Sunday's attack on Ortiz may have been orchestrated from prison, a source told the Daily News: "That hit could have easily happened in the U.S."

Ortiz was still in Massachusetts General Hospital's intensive care unit as of late last week as he recovers from multiple surgeries to repair liver and kidney damage, according to his wife, Tiffany.

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