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October 6, 2013

Ortiz, Red Sox all but finish off Rays

BOSTON — After David Ortiz’s second homer in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Rays yesterday, the Fenway Faithful chanted his name louder than they could yell “Wil Myers.”

Then appeared Big Papi, the face of the franchise, out of the dugout for his curtain call ... and the place erupted even more.

Are you having fun yet? The Red Sox and Ortiz certainly are.

Boston, behind its affable slugger, powered its way to a convincing 7-4 victory over 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays here at Fenway Park.

“It’s enjoyable, it’s enjoyable,” Ortiz told The Eagle-Tribune about this entire season recently. “When you come and you give everything you have and you don’t see any results it’s frustrating. But finally you’re seeing the light.”

Things have been frustrating for Ortiz in recent years with all the losing by the Red Sox. On top of that, many doubted whether Ortiz could remain healthy this year because of the bad Achilles injury he suffered last summer.

But all of that is in the past.

Papi and his Red Sox are one win away from their first postseason series win since 2008. Relentless Boston will pack its uniforms, bats, gloves and brooms and head to Tampa Bay today up 2-0 in the best-of-five ALDS against the depleted Rays.

A sweep is a good possibility with star hurler Clay Buchholz on the mound tomorrow. Win or lose in Game 3, the Red Sox will prevail in this series. There’s no doubt about it after beating Price yesterday. Game 2 was an unofficial must-win for the Rays with their southpaw ace on the hill and they couldn’t get the job done.

If you’re still underestimating the mighty AL East champion Boston Red Sox, then stop. They are a true World Series contender and showed yesterday they can beat a true ace in the postseason.

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