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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.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Even Blue Man Group is at Fenway to celebrate Big Papi's number retirement!

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots captain Matthew Slater was a special guest speaker at the Pine Street Inn "graduation" on Friday. The Pine Street Inn has a goal of ending homelessness and it honored its graduates that completed job training programs in food services and housekeeping. Slater's message to graduates focused on responding in a positive way to adversity.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Fister will start Sunday. Red Sox sent scout Eddie Bane to see him in Triple-A. Recommendation was that he could help. Dave Dombrowski referred to him as depth pitcher at reasonable cost.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox also are taking a flier on third baseman Jhonny Peralta, agreeing with him on minor-league deal. He will report to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoiler alert: There's a '34' under that red cloth. Red Sox are asking fans to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for the David Ortiz number retirement ceremony.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that Isaiah Thomas is doing "much better" as he navigates rehab from his season-ending hip injury and believes he'll have further imaging done in mid-to-late July to finalize next step, which could still include surgery. Ainge said the belief is Thomas will be ready for training camp regardless and noted, "that's what we're all hoping, that's what we all think."