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David Ortiz alert, even smiling, after undergoing exploratory surgery in Boston

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Marley Rivera of ESPN has an update on David Oritz, having spoken with Ortiz’s spokesperson, Leo López.

Rivera reports that the retired slugger was flown from the Dominican Republic to Boston last night where he underwent exploratory surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, which concluded at about 1AM. He’s still in intensive care and in stable condition.

Ortiz will be closely monitored for the next 24-48 hours with limited visitors. That said, his doctors expect a full recovery. Ortiz has been alert and has talked to his family, who are at the hospital with him. López told Rivera that Ortiz “even flashed that smile.”

Back in Santo Domingo, police are still investigating the shooting, which the Dominican Republic authorities continue to maintain did not take place in the course of a robbery attempt.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.