KANSAS CITY -- David Ortiz went 1-for-2 with a warning track fly out to left against Giants right-hander Matt Cain in the second inning and then a single to left in the fifth inning against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw before being replaced by Royals DH Billy Butler. The lone Red Sox representative on the American League squad (which lost to the NL, 8-0) expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to take part in his eighth All-Star Game.
"It's always a blessing to be part of the All-Star Game," said Ortiz. "Having to come out is something that will never get old. you know what I'm saying? It's something I look forward to."
That said, Ortiz had announced (via twitter) prior to the game that he planned on getting one at-bat and then turning over DH duties to Butler. He was overruled in that ambition by AL manager Ron Washington.
"Some things happened and Washington wanted me to get another at-bat and I just went and did it. Actually he wanted me to get three at-bats," said Ortiz. "I was like, let me get two and have my boy coming in and perform for his hometown."
Now, as he leaves for a couple days of rest before the start of the second half in St. Petersburg against the Rays on Friday, Ortiz said he was looking forward to the onset of the second half. Whiel the Sox trail the Yankees by 9 1/2 games in the AL East, they are just 2 1/2 games back in the wild card, with anticipated reinforcements coming in the form of players such as Jacoby Ellsbury who will be coming off the disabled list.
"We have some guys coming back from the DL. Hopefully they come back and help us," said Ortiz. "We need the help."
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