David Ortiz squeezes in amazing bat flip before rain delay

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The threat of rain loomed over tonight’s nationally-broadcast Yankees/Red Sox game, initially delaying the start of the game by 45 minutes. Against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda, the Red Sox scored once in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The run in the sixth came on a David Ortiz home run that inspired this great celebratory bat flip, courtesy @CorkGaines:

Shortly afterwards, the rain started to fall, putting the game into another rain delay. The game is official, however.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.