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06/08/2011 - 8:00am
David Ortiz' quest to make being a designated hitter cool again

David Ortiz made his mark once again, this time via a two-run homer Tuesday night. (AP)NEW YORK -- The image paved the way for the question.

There was David Ortiz launching a Hector Noesi fastball into the throng of Yankees fans sitting in the right field seats. Then came a hesitation and bat flip just before Ortiz began his journey around the bases, punctuating the moment (while perturbing the opposition's manager).

It was Ortiz' 21st career Yankee Stadium home run in 77 regular season games, equaling his total while playing 252 home games at Minnesota's Metrodome.

So, could -- even with his perceived loyalties toward the Red Sox organization he has been a part of since 2003 -- the DH envision himself calling The House That George Built home, getting even more well-acquainted with that temptress of a right field...

06/08/2011 - 7:45am
Mashup: Cubs draft Gretzky's son

In the seventh round of the amateur draft Tuesday, the Cubs drafted Southern California high school player Trevor Gretzky, son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Gretzky is a first baseman who has committed to San Diego State. Gretzky said he was introduced to baseball when his father was playing in New York for the Rangers. "I remember him taking me to a Yankee game, and ever since then I wanted to play, and it's been my dream to be in the major leagues since then," he said.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

06/08/2011 - 1:41am
Girardi 'didn't really care for' Ortiz' bat flip

NEW YORK -- Speaking after his team's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had an issue with David Ortiz' bat flip following the designated hitter's fifth-inning, two-run homer off New York pitcher Hector Noesi.

"I didn’t really care for it," Girardi said. "I don’t know if he was upset that he missed some pitches earlier. I’ve got a young kid on the mound. I didn’t know if he was upset that he came in hard on him. Of course when it happens to you, you’re going to defend your guy. If it’s our guy, I’m going to say there was nothing intentional about it."

Noesi said that he didn't notice how Ortiz reacted following the home run, and Girardi admitted that his reaction stemmed mostly from looking out for his 24-year-old rookie hurler.

"David has always played the game hard. I’ve never had a problem with David Ortiz," Girardi said. "...

06/08/2011 - 1:24am
Papelbon: Credit for record goes to Mariano

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Papelbon became the fastest player to accumulate 200 saves, Tuesday night, notching the save with a one-inning, one-run outing in the Red Sox' 6-4 win over New York at Yankee Stadium.

Papelbon reaches the milestone in 359 appearances, surpassing the previous mark set by Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who needed 382 games to make it to 200 saves.

"I'm' excited about it," said Papelbon, who struck out Alex Rodriguez -- the potential game-tying run -- to collect his 12th save of the season. "It's something that I take pride in. This game will definitely hold an extra little special something in my heart."

After the game, Papelbon went out of his way to credit the closer on the other side of the diamond Tuesday night, Rivera, in making the feat possible.

"I think I've said this 100 times, I've always called him the godfather. And that's what he is, he's the godfather of this role and the's the...

06/08/2011 - 1:02am
Jenks to undergo MRI after muscle spasms

NEW YORK -- Bobby Jenks explained the back injury which forced him from his appearance at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night stemmed from muscle spasms that give him "fits every now and then." It is an injury, the pitcher said following the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the Yankees, that first cropped up in the minor leagues and reappears sporadically.

"It's just from pitching," said Jenks, who left the game after throwing just four pitches in the seventh inning. "It's literally a muscle that's about this big, and I tore it a bunch of years ago. It's one of those things that just comes and goes every now and then. It's on my left side, right behind my left [scapula]."

Jenks said the plan is for him to receive an MRI Wednesday, although he views the procedure as nothing more than precautionary.

"I think it’s for their own benefit," Jenks said. "When this did happen, it acts up and then two or three days...

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