Some bad news for David Ortiz and the Red Sox

Some bad news for David Ortiz and the Red Sox

From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz doesn't want his season -- and possibly his Red Sox career -- to end on the disabled list.The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to lingering problems with a strained right Achilles, but the DH said he hopes to play again this season.Speaking to reporters in Boston's dugout about 45 minutes before the club's game against Kansas City, Ortiz expressed his desire to return this season -- and beyond.The 36-year old Ortiz said he'll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return in September. He will become a free agent at the end of the season."We'll see how it goes the next couple of weeks," he said. "If I feel good I can go out and play. ... Oh man, no question (I want that)."Ortiz, who at times this season has expressed disappointment of not having a multiyear deal, said he'd like to come back in 2013."For years I always keep telling everyone I want to be part of this organization," he said. "This is what I know. I know we've had a lot of injuries this year. I know how hard it's been (this year)."Once called "the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history" by the club's ownership, Ortiz, is completing his 10th season with the team. He's best remembered for consecutive game-winning hits in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS when Boston overcame an 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees en route to its first World Series title in 86 years.He also owns the club record for homers in a season, hitting 54 in 2006.But he also understands that playing in this market can weigh on players."That happens. Not everybody is able to deal with the game here," he said. "It can be super-hard dealing with the other distractions. Some people can deal with it, some people can't."Ortiz, who suffered the injury in mid-July, returned for Friday's win over Kansas City, getting two hits and two RBIs, but has not played since due to discomfort. He's hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs.Manager Bobby Valentine said the injection would have sidelined him for about seven days so the club decided to put him on the DL.Outfielder Ryan Kalish was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ortiz's spot on the roster.Boston also activated right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to start the series finale against the Royals on Monday and optioned reliever Pedro Beato back to Pawtucket.

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Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that define Ravens-Jaguars

Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that define Ravens-Jaguars

Baltimore got its third win of the young season with a victory over Jacksonville on the road Sunday. Here are 5 Sizzling Stats from that game and looking forward, presented by Ruth's Chris. 

1) 64.0 -- Joe Flacco's Passer Rating on Sunday. It was his lowest Passer Rating in a Baltimore victory since Nov. 11, 2013 when the Ravens beat Cincinnati, 20-17, in overtime. Flacco's Passer Rating in that game was 60.0.

2) 4-of-4 -- Justin Tucker's made and attempted field goals on Sunday. He has gone 4-of-4 in six other career games. His career high for makes on a perfect day was set Dec. 16, 2013 when he went 6-of-6 in a win over Detroit. 

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3) 3 -- Through three weeks, the number of Ravens victories this season by one possession or fewer. For comparison, 14 of Baltimore's 16 games last season were decided by that margin. In those 14 games, Baltimore was 5-9. Close games now going their way?

4) 2009 -- The last time the Ravens started the season 3-0. They would go on to finish 9-7 in the regular season and beat New England in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

5) 0 -- Amont of patience Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith appears to have for Jacksonville rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, as demonstrated by his postgame comments.

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X-ray on Nationals' star Bryce Harper's left thumb brings good news

X-ray on Nationals' star Bryce Harper's left thumb brings good news

The Nationals got a dose of good news on a night All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos went down with a potentially serious knee injury, as Bryce Harper's X-ray came back negative, meaning there are no broken bones in his left thumb.

Harper, 23, suffered the injury sliding into third base on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. He had the X-ray on Monday morning and the team is of course pleased to hear the results.

"He could be back within a couple days, a few days. That’s big right there," manager Dusty Baker said. "The swelling’s down, so I think his strength is up, I heard. It’s very positive. We still got time for him to get well.”

Getting Harper back soon would be huge for a Nationals team that just saw Ramos go down and recently saw Daniel Murphy injure his left buttock and Stephen Strasburg strain his right flexor mass.

Murphy's injury is also not expected to be serious. Baker even said on Monday that it's "very likely" he will be ready to go for the playoffs. But that's four of the Nats' five All-Stars now injured to varying degrees with just six games left in the regular season.

At least with Harper, they may have dodged a bullet.

[RELATED: Ramos set for MRI as Nats hope injury isn't serious]

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