Big Papi is back playing for the city he loves.
But the way he went about telling Boston Red Sox fans Saturday afternoon was a bit over the top.
“This is our f---ing city,” David Ortiz said in his return from an Achilles injury. It was a message to those who executed Monday's fatal bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Never mind going 2-for-4 with an RBI, Boston’s cleanup batter stole the show – and the mic – when he thanked both first responders and city officials before his club's 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
“Nobody’s going to dictate our freedom,” he said as cheers went up around Fenway Park. “Stay strong.”
Saturday’s Red Sox game was the first in Boston since the bombings that killed three and injured close to 200.
RANGERS BANGED UP
Add Texas Rangers lefty Matt Harrison to the seemingly endless names of Rangers pitchers currently on the club’s treatment table.
According to Fox Sports, the Rangers’ all-star pitcher could be out until the all-star break due to a herniated disk that will require surgery.
The 27-year-old will reportedly go under the knife Tuesday.
Harrison joins fellow starting pitchers Martin Perez, Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz on the Rangers’ disabled list. Beyond the starting rotation, the Texas bullpen is limping along without the services of Joakim Soria and Kyle McClellan.
Harrison went 18-11 with 32 starts last season and a 3.29 ERA.
In two starts this season, Harrison is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA.
The Los Angeles Angels have placed third baseman Alberto Callapso on the 15-day disabled list with right calf tightness … Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed his second straight game against the New York Mets due to hamstring tightness. He’ll receive an MRI after reaggravating the injury last week against the Miami Marlins … The Cleveland Indians activated lefty Scott Kazmir from the 15-day DL on Saturday, optioning infielder Cord Phelps to triple-A Columbus … Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo was also put on the 15-day DL for a strained left oblique. The White Sox also announced they’ve recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from triple-A Charlotte in his place … The Houston Astros have placed outfielder J.D. Martinez on the 15-day DL with a right knee sprains sustained late last week … According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves have placed infielder Blake DeWitt on the 15-day DL with a lower back injury and have recalled righty David Carpenter from their triple-A affiliate.