Sunday, February 18, 2018
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A-Rod, Ortiz deliver homers for two young fans at Fenway

BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz made a pair of young fans very happy at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Ortiz, who hit what proved to be the winning home run against the Yankees, earlier in the day had promised to hit a home run for a sick child in a video message posted on former Red Sox 1B Kevin Millar's Twitter account.

Then he did.

That promise came hours before Rodriguez told a young fan who recently lost his father that he would give him his bat if he hit a home run.

Then he did.

A-Rod hit a long shot off a light tower over the Green Monster in the second inning of the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Red Sox.

As he crossed home, Rodriguez motioned to the bat boy to give the bat to 8-year-old Red Sox fan David Moss, who was seated next to the Yankees' dugout and chatted with A-Rod while he was in the on-deck circle.

Rodriguez said Saturday that he was unaware that Moss had lost his father, Andy, to cancer last September and was simply fulfilling a promise to the young fan, who originally asked him for a souvenir. Rodriguez told him he would be happy to hand over his bat if he hit a home run.

Moss and his mother and sister traveled from Mesa, Ariz., to attend the game on his eighth birthday.

Ortiz had a busy pregame. He and Millar appeared in a video message for 5-year-old Maverick Schutte, a Red Sox fan from Wyoming who was born with a congenital heart defect, according to espn.com.

"You take care, buddy, and I'm going to hit a home run for you tonight. Remember that," said Ortiz, who is in his final season.

After Ortiz's two-run homer off RHP Dellin Betances in the eighth inning, Millar posted a video from Schutte thanking Ortiz.

"Millar was crying when he was showing me the video that Maverick sent him back," Ortiz said, according to espn.com. "It was very touching. And I start thinking about it right after, when I got home. That was when I really was like, 'Wow, I can't believe this really happened.' "

OQUENDO OUT FOR SEASON: Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo will have right knee replacement surgery next month and won't return to the team this season. Oquendo, 52, has been the third-base coach for 16 seasons. Also, the Cardinals gave RHP Carlos Martinez permission to leave the team Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, GM John Mozeliak said. Martinez is scheduled to start today.

ANGELS: OF Craig Gentry is battling back stiffness and could be headed to the disabled list.

A'S: RH reliever Chris Bassitt is facing possible season-ending surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.

PIRATES: RH reliever Jared Hughes, out since straining his left lat muscle during spring training, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

REDS: RHP Anthony Desclafani, rehabbing from a strained oblique, felt discomfort in his side during Friday's rehab start for Class A Dayton.

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