Auction to aid David Ortiz's foundation
Slugger helps youth in New England and Dominican Republic
Thanks to the 32 home runs David Ortiz hit to win the Home Run Derby, children throughout the world will benefit.
Ortiz will auction off the bat, cleats and batting gloves he used to make history as the first Red Sox player to earn the title. All items include his autograph. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the David Ortiz Children's Fund, a non-profit organization that provides critical pediatric services to children in New England and the Dominican Republic.
"Winning the 2010 Home Run Derby was a thrill to me, and I wanted to share that with all the fans of baseball," Ortiz said. "Most importantly, it offers an opportunity to raise funds for children who desperately need medical care. The auction is a way for me to take this amazing event and use it to help the kids."
The online auction can be found at davidortizchildrensfund.org. Bids will be accepted through 12 a.m. EST on July 27.
The David Ortiz Children's Fund began as a way for Ortiz to help children in his home country of the Dominican Republic. The Fund partners with Heart Care Dominicana, International Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital to fulfill its life-saving mission, linking pediatric critical care services to children in need. To date, the Fund has raised more than $1 million for children in New England and the Dominican Republic and has given life, health and hope to critically ill Dominican children.
McCutchen knows his plants: Andrew McCutchen may be known best as a professional baseball player, but he also has a knack for horticulture.
"We had a plant in middle school, it was just art class," McCutchen told MLB.com. "We were able to plant a huge garden in this open area, so we grew a lot of plants. We had to learn the names of all of them, so pretty much any plant you plant in front of me I should be able to name. It's pretty fun, so we dedicated it to a teacher of ours who had passed away."
Posey making his mark at and behind plate: Buster Posey is batting .450 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs this month and is also getting high marks for his defense. In the first five games after the All-Star break, the Giants had a staff ERA of 1.23 with Posey behind the plate.
"I think he's doing a terrific job," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti told the San Jose Mercury News. "He's got the confidence of the staff, and they should feel that way. They know he works hard and he cares. That's all they want."
Majewski proud to represent Houston: Gary Majewski was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock by the Astros, the team he dreamed of playing for when he was a kid.
"My situation is probably different than a lot of guys because I grew up watching the Astros; it was the team you always wanted to play for growing up," Majewski, a St. Pius X High School product, told the Houston Chronicle.
Escobar fitting in nicely in No. 2 spot: In his first four games with the Blue Jays, Yunel Escobar was 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs (one of which was a grand slam) and seven RBIs before getting the night off Tuesday.
"One thing you can keep in mind is he walks, too," manager Cito Gaston told MLB.com. "He pretty much gets a decent pitch when he's up there most of the time. We can probably put runners in motion a little bit more with him up there in situations because he's not going to strike out that much."
Tulowitzki getting closer to return: Troy Tulowitzki, who is on the disabled list with a broken left wrist, is heading out on a rehab assignment with plans to return to the Rockies lineup on July 28. Tulowitzki will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs, playing with the team on Wednesday and Thursday before playing a full nine innings for Double-A Tulsa on Friday and Saturday. If everything goes well, he'll be back with the Rockies on Tuesday against the Pirates.
"I am excited that it's getting close. Things will fall into my lap during the games, and I will be able to test it out," Tulowitzki told the The Denver Post.
Craig's dream comes true with homer: Cardinals rookie Allen Craig hit his first Major League home run on Tuesday night.
"I daydreamed about what it would be like, that's for sure, when it would be and where," Craig told the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. "It was everything I thought it would be and more. It's really special."
Marshall uses versatility in relief: Sean Marshall is formerly a starter, but he doesn't mind his current role as a reliever.
"I know I can still start," Marshall told the Chicago Tribune. "I like starting. But I've been really comfortable in the role I've been in, and got to settle into a specific role. The last couple of years it's been a mix of relief and a start here and there, but I'm enjoying this year. Next year if they need me to start, I'll prepare myself in Spring Training to start again, and I can always fall back to the role of a reliever."
Tight situations ideal for Weinhardt: Robbie Weinhardt likes coming into a game with men on base.
"It's almost easier when there's more pressure, when there's a tie game than when we're down or we're up big," Weinhardt told MLB.com. "Close situations, I like to be in that spotlight. I know I have to make good pitches every time. You need to do that when you're not in close situations, but it's more like you're trying to get guys to get a groundout, keep the ball in the infield, keep the runner at third."
Diaz swinging a hot bat: Matt Diaz homered in his third straight game on Tuesday night.
"I feel good. A few years ago when I was 10-for-10; that was a groove that probably will never be duplicated," Diaz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "So everyone always asks me is this as hot as you've been, no. I'm not like that. But it feels good. I feel like I have a really good approach right now, and if I can just stay with it ..."
Bonifacio able to play variety of positions: This season in Triple-A, the Marlins played Emilio Bonifacio three days a week in the outfield, twice a week at second base and once a week at shortstop as a way to increase his versatility.
"His best position, and he would match with anybody in the big leagues defensively, is at second base," manager Edwin Rodriguez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "He is a very, very good second baseman. I would say he's just barely an average shortstop in the big leagues. He's an average outfielder, but I always say he's an above average defender at second. Turning the double play or starting the double play, he's very good."
Henry Rodriguez should see plenty of action in relief: The flight distance from Sacramento to Oakland is 68 miles. It is a trip that has become quite familiar to Henry Rodriguez, who was called up from Triple-A for the fourth time this season.
"Anybody with that velocity, [who is] in the strike zone at this level is real special," pitching coach Curt Young told the Oakland Tribune. "It's a matter of him coming up here and doing it. We're going to try to give him as many opportunities as possible."
Capuano's perseverance pays off with win: Chris Capuano, who had a lengthy recovery period following Tommy John surgery, got his first win since May 7, 2007.
"When we went ahead, 3-1, we said, 'Let's do this for 'Cappy,'" teammate John Axford told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "When you look at what he's gone through, for Cappy to persevere is a testament to him. It's unbelievable. It really is."
Matsuzaka hopes to sustain success: Daisuke Matsuzaka has compiled a 2.95 ERA and is 3-1 in his last six starts.
"This is the type of pitching that I really want to continue to do as the season goes on," Matsuzaka told MLB.com through an interpreter. "I've got guys behind me that are all very capable -- that we can trust with the ball. That being said, even in those situations with such a small run differential, I want to become the guy that they can trust to keep me in the game."
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