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Red Sox land one prospect in MLB All-Star Futures Game

Red Sox land one prospect in MLB All-Star Futures Game

The Red Sox representation at the MLB All-Star Futures Game July 15 in Washington - besides David Ortiz, who'll manage the World team - is a 19-year-old Venezuelan right-hander. 

Bryan Mata is 5-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 15 starts for the Class A Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League and will pitch for Ortiz's World team. MLB announced the Futures rosters on Friday. At 6-3, 160 pounds, he's got some filling out to do but has 56 strikeouts (as well as 55 walks) in 66 innings. The 2016 international free-agent signee was the youngest player in the South Atlantic League last season when he went 5-6, 3.74 in 17 starts for Greenville. 

Two of the Red Sox' top two prospects, third baseman Michael Chavis and left-hander Jay Groome, have missed significant time this season. Groome still faces a long recovery after having Tommy John surgery in May and Chavis completed serving his 80-game PED suspension this week and was assigned to the Class A Lowell Spinners on Monday. 

Ortiz's good friend and former Minnesota Twins teammate Torii Hunter will manage Team USA, which features Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays shortstop prospect and son of former Red Sox outfielder Dante Bichette, and Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Justus Sheffield. Ex-Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan is the Team USA pitching coach. 

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Ortiz signs multi-year deal to to FOX MLB studio analyst

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Ortiz signs multi-year deal to to FOX MLB studio analyst

David Ortiz, who worked for FOX Sports on its postseason coverage last year, has signed a multi-year deal with the network to work as a studio analyst on its pregame and postgame shows beginning with the All-Star Game July 17.

Ortiz will again team with Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and host Kevin Burkhardt.

“I had a lot of fun working for FOX Sports during the postseason last year and am pumped up to get back in the studio with Kevin, Alex, Frank and our leader behind-the-scenes, coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais,” Ortiz said in a FOX press release.

So, we hope to hear more of this analysis:

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David Ortiz once came through in the clutch for Al Horford's wedding

David Ortiz once came through in the clutch for Al Horford's wedding

David Ortiz doesn't only come through in the clutch when he's in the batter's box.

He also delivers in clutch situations off the field. Take Al Horford's wedding for example. The Celtics big man had a last-minute wedding in the Dominican Republic and desperately needed a car to pick up his wife-to-be. Big Papi saved the day, sending Horford his Phantom and a driver. He even let them keep the car for a couple of days.

Horford told the story to the NBCS Camera Guys, who you should definitely follow on Twitter if you haven't already. . .

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