Video: David Ortiz misses the cycle by a couple of inches

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz had already singled, doubled, and homered when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth against Indians reliever Austin Adams. The NESN broadcast booth commented how they’d like to see Ortiz hit one to the 420-foot demarcation on the fence in center field.

As luck would have it, that’s exactly where Ortiz hit a 3-1 Adams fastball. The ball took one hop and hit the wall just above the 420 marker, then bounced to the right side into the stands for a ground-rule double. If it hit a couple of inches lower, the ball likely settles into the corner, giving Ortiz the best opportunity for a cycle-clinching triple. A disappointed Ortiz strolled into second base and chuckled away his misfortune.

Here’s the MLB.com video.

Ortiz hit an RBI single in the first inning, an RBI ground-rule double in the second, and a solo home run in the fifth. The homer was the 514th in the 40-year-old’s career. He’s currently 22nd on the all-time home run leaderboard. With seven more homers, he can tie Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, and Ted Williams in 19th place at 521.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.