Red Sox slugger David Ortiz punctuated one of the best months of his career by blasting a pair of homers (both off left-hander Tom Milone, marking the first time in his career that Ortiz has gone deep twice in the same game against a lefty) and going 2-for-3 with a walk. He finished April with a .405 average (2nd in the majors, 1st in the AL), .457 OBP (T-3rd, T-1st), .726 slugging mark (3rd, 2nd) and 1.184 OPS (2nd, 1st). He led the team with six homers and 20 RBI in the month, playing a significant role in helping the Sox emerge from their 1-5 start to finish the month by winning seven of eight and 10 of 16.
"David’s a star of stars right now," said manager Bobby Valentine. "It’s hard to throw a strike by him. He’s using all fields. He’s seeing the ball extremely well. I know it’s the old cliché, but he gets two balls, no strikes, it doesn’t even bother him to take because he’s very confident in his swing. His swing is as good as I think it can get."
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