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Rangers interest in David Ortiz is for real, but Red Sox closing gap

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 2, 2012 10:38 AM

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Interest by the Texas Rangers is perhaps just what David Ortiz needed because it appears that the Red Sox and Ortiz are starting to bridge the sizable gap they had just 24 hours ago.

"We are getting close," Ortiz wrote in a text concerning the status of Red Sox talks.

A major league source confirmed that Texas' interest in Ortiz is real, figuring they will lose Josh Hamilton in free-agency and need a big, productive bat to take his spot in the batting order. Ortiz would excel in that ballpark where the ball carries very well.

Former Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan is said to have recommended the Rangers pursuit of Ortiz to general manager Jon Daniels.

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