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Red Sox come out on top on Ortiz's night (1:16)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 9, Angels 4: Hanley Ramirez picked a perfect way to pay tribute to David Ortiz. Ramirez belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Sandy Leon added a two-run shot in the sixth to lift the Red Sox to a series-opening victory after retiring Ortiz's No. 34. But the most encouraging development for the Sox was the performance of Rick Porcello, who tossed six strong innings before allowing three runs in the seventh.

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Toronto FC 2-0 New England: Reds hang on (2:00)
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Ramirez goes deep to pad Boston's lead (0:24)
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Red Sox score on a pair of wild pitches (0:49)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz says he has been in touch with ex-teammates but has intentionally avoided coming around the Red Sox's clubhouse because he doesn't want to be in the way. He knew his retirement would impact the team and didn't want to be a distraction.

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Ortiz salutes dad, fans in speech (1:09)
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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Ortiz on what will be his next role with the Boston Red Sox after "staying away" from the team since retirement.

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Ortiz throws first pitch to Varitek (0:22)
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Ortiz thanks his dad for continued support (0:59)
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Ortiz thanks Red Sox Nation (0:50)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz: "I remember when I took batting practice at this field, I always tried to hit those numbers (on right-field facade). Big Papi was emotional before giving a speech.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"It's an honor to see my number next to those legendary (players)" -David Ortiz

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

David Ortiz's number 34 placed next to Jackie's number 42 against the Boston skyline.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Poignant moment during David Ortiz ceremony, as Kirby Puckett's family is introduced. Puckett is the reason that Ortiz chose to wear No. 34.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Fenway is decorated with '34' mowed into the grass in center field and posted on the on-deck circles. David Ortiz will be 10th person to have number retired by Red Sox, joining Ted Williams (9), Joe Cronin (4), Bobby Doerr (1), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Carlton Fisk (27), Johnny Pesky (6), Jim Rice (14), Pedro Martinez (45), Wade Boggs (26).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The stage is set for the Big Papi number retirement ceremony at Fenway!

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia wasn't in the Red Sox's original lineup and was supposed to be "available in an emergency situation." But Pedroia was added to the lineup a few minutes ago. He's batting second, playing his usual second base on David Ortiz Night at Fenway Park.