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When asked to describe what he saw unfold in New York Thursday night, David Ortiz simply said, “Perfection.”

Derek Jeter celebrates his walk-off single Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. (Getty Images)

Derek Jeter celebrates his walk-off single Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. (Getty Images)

When asked to describe what he saw unfold in New York Thursday night, David Ortiz simply said, “Perfection.”

Derek Jeter punctuated his Yankee Stadium career in unbelievable fashion, singling in the game-winning run to hand the Yankees a 6-5, walkoff win over the Orioles Thursday night. Making the moment even more incredible was that the only reason Jeter had the opportunity to claim his opposite field, RBI single was because Baltimore claimed two home runs in the ninth off Yankees closer David Robertson, eliminating a three-run New York lead.

“Wow. That’€™s him. Perfect,” Ortiz said. “I would say the Yankees fans this year, they’€™re not going to go to the playoffs, but that was like a playoff game right there when you end up winning it. It was unbelievable.”

After the game, in an interview with MLB Network, Jeter said that he would play during the Yankees three-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend “in some capacity,” but not while playing shortstop.

(Jeter’s family is slated to be at Sunday’s game, with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig scheduled to be in attendance at Saturday’s tilt.)

“I think he should, and he will,” said Ortiz when asked about Jeter playing. “Even one at-bat. I know that he probably will be thinking about leaving it right there. But he’€™s a guy who knows what he does very well. Everybody is expecting him to get an at-bat or play in a game, or whatever.”

For more on Jeter’s final game in the Bronx, click here.

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Rob Bradford

Since Rusney Castillo arrived with the Red Sox, the reviews have been mixed.

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Fellow Red Sox rookie Christian Vazquez congratulates Rusney Castillo after the outfielder’s first career home run. (Getty Images)

Since Rusney Castillo arrived with the Red Sox, the reviews have been mixed.

The outfielder has shown an ability to go get the ball in the outfield, while taking to coaching like the Red Sox would hope he would. He showed hints of pop, particularly to right field. Conversely, Castillo’s much-publicized speed has come under some scrutiny, possessing a pedestrian time of 4.4 seconds down the first line (due in part to an aggressive hitting follow-through).

It all added up to four hits in 23 at-bats (.174) with one run and a single RBI (claimed on a bases-loaded walk).

Thursday night, however, Castillo went next-level.

The rookie play a key role in the Red Sox’ blowout, 11-1 win over the Rays at Fenway Park, launching his first big league homer — clearing the left field wall with at three-run blast off a 92 mph fastball from Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also just missed a second by a few feet, having to settle for a seventh-inning double.

With catcher Christian Vazquez hitting a second-inning homer over the left field wall, and Garin Cecchini sending a fly ball over the right field fence Wednesday night, the Red Sox have had three rookies hit their first major league homers in the past two nights.

Like Castillo, Vazquez’ night wasn’t just limited to a home run. The backstop went 4-for-4 with three RBI. Also pitching in for the offense was fellow rookie Bryce Brentz (2-for-4).

Also of note was Allen Webster’s outing. The righty starter turned in yet another solid performance, this time allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one while throwing a season-high 99 pitches.

In his last three starts, Webster has allowed four runs in 18 2/3 innings, striking out 10 and walking three.

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Rob Bradford

With three games to play — and little on the line – the Red Sox are playing it safe.

With four games to play — and little on the line – the Red Sox are playing it safe.

Mike Napoli (toe, finger, back) and Brock Holt (concussion) are, according to Red Sox manger John Farrell, not likely to see game action the rest of the way. And now David Ortiz might be joining the duo on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

The designated hitter has felt soreness in his left wrist after aggravating it during Tuesday night’€™s game. And with it being the same wrist he missed 45 games in ‘€™08 because of ‘€“ having partially torn a tendon sheath ‘€“ the Sox aren’€™t taking any chances.

“He was checked out yesterday and confirmed the inflammation that’€™s there,” Farrell said. “What we want to be careful of is, I think it was back in ‘€™08, where he had a popping sensation take place after feeling some similar symptoms. We’€™re being cautious with this. If he’€™s available, he’€™ll be in the lineup. That’€™s pretty much day to day at this point.”

As for the similarities between this sensation and the one he endured in ‘€™08, Farrell noted there were enough to allow for a conservative approach.

“It’€™s similar,” the manager said. “It’€™s hard for me to say that it’€™s not different, it’€™s in the same general area, in that TFCC area of the wrist. It’€™s something that we’€™ve got to cautious with.”

Ortiz is currently sitting at 35 home runs with an .873 OPS, ninth-best in the American League.

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Rob Bradford

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Larry Lucchino on the upcoming weekend of Jeter.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to discuss the state of the