Snap, Crackle, and Papi
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 20, 2009. It was Ortiz's first home run of the season.

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over,
David Ortiz Hits Home Run No. 1

Globe: Blast from the Past | Boston 8, Toronto 3
Is Brad Penny Going to Steal 20 Wins for This Team?
J-Bay's Home Run Is Just About to Land on Lansdowne
On-the-Back-9 Boys: Lowell and Varitek with 7 Homers Each? We'll Take It
Also off the Schneid: Rocco Baldelli Hits His First Triple of the Season
In the Big Inning: 4 Homers for the First Time Since April 2007
KY Is Back, And He's Now Batting .404 to Lead the American League
Biggest Surprise of the Night? Record-Tying Jacoby Ellsbury Drew a Walk
Why Isn't Bard Knocking Down K's Up Here?

The Large Father's Father Knows Best: "[He] told me, 'Hey, son, it's not going to get worse than this so go out there, have fun and forget about what happened.'"-- David Ortiz on his dad's advice

Cowboy Kevin's One of a Kind

Boston Dirt Dogs: Thanks for the memories... and all the fun Kevin
(Boston Globe and Wire Photos / BDD Photo Illustrations)

It's Good to Have Millar Back in Town

"Once you're part of the Nation, it's always a piece of you." -- 5.20.09, old friend Kevin Millar on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show

''These were the greatest three years of my entire life playing baseball. Playing for the Red Sox, playing for Boston, that city, those fans. And that's 100 percent from my heart.

''It's sad, of course. I don't think there is anyone that did more laughing, more winning, more competing than this team, and who would believe that it is over.

''I don't think people will realize until these guys are gone what they were like, a good group from 1-to-25 that knew how to win on a daily basis." -- 12.8.05, former Red Sox first baseman and World Series Champion Kevin Millar

Millar's the Guy to Say Hello To in a Restaurant, Sincerely, Keith Foulke

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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