FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz graciously stayed on the field after taking batting practice Thursday to pose for photos and sign autographs for the players from Northeastern.
One of the Huskies who approached him was lefthander James Mulry, a 20-year-old sophomore.
They met again in the third inning when Mulry was on the mound and Ortiz came to the plate. Mulry struck him out swinging at a slider off the plate, and Ortiz walked back to the dugout smiling.
That Ortiz could laugh about striking out against a college sophomore was a sign of how well spring training is going for him, especially when compared with last season.
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