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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.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.