David Ortiz exits to standing ovation at his final All-Star Game

That guy? Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who will be playing in his 10th and final ASG before he retires at season's end. While he threw a few fastballs in the 90s, the slugger didn't connect.

In his second season with the Sox, Ortiz did what Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk and Carl Yastrzemski were unable to: bringing an end to "The Curse of the Bambino" - an 86-year World Series drought for the city of Boston.

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Ripken led off the third inning with a home run off Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park at Seattle's Safeco Field. And while it was the All-Star farewell of Red Sox star David Ortiz that provided the most lasting memory, it was the Royals who shaped the outcome, leaving Collins on the losing side.

"Tonight, let's go out there and whoop some ass, because [to] play at home, there's nothing like to play at home".

The Red Sox are two games behind Baltimore in the AL East at the break.

As he made his way to the home dugout, waiving his helmet to more than 42,000 adoring fans, he was greeted by the entire American League roster while the National Leaguers players and coaches took the opportunity to pay their own respects. If it was up to Bogaerts, he would like the "Killer B's" to remain stars together in Boston.

"I was watching it in my house, and I was crying like a little baby", Ortiz said. We've got a couple guys coming in, helping us out. "I think a lot of people notice, see when I pitch that, I like to compete, I give my heart out there and I give everything that I have every time that I'm out".

Added AL and Red Sox teammate Steven Wright: "He deserves that". Hopefully they keep up the good work come the second half, they are the backbone of this offense. The help of the offense, along with the hope of the pitching staff stepping up this second half could be just enough to help propel the BoSox into October baseball.

Yost said he needed Wright for long relief. "Why doesn't Wright get an inning out there?".

That followed Giancarlo Stanton's spectacular and record-setting victory in Monday's Home Run Derby when he spread 61 home run balls around Petco Park. "I had this vision and it was going to be awesome". Called upon to pitch the eighth inning in a game the American League would win 3-0, Rivera trotted in from the bullpen to the familiar strains of Metallica's "Enter Sandman".

"You want to enjoy that", Harper said. "He knew right away and started swearing at me".

"He told me yesterday, 'You know what?"

It wasn't a fit-the-script finish as the three-time World Series champion ambled off, joy easily elbowing out regret, in what was likely his last of 10 All-Star appearances.

The Blue Jays first tried Encarnacion at first base in 2011, and he has played mostly there - he rates below average defensively - or as a DH ever since.

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