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Streak ends for Ortiz, who then takes to Twitter

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 9, 2013 12:58 AM

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David Ortiz was 0 for 5, snapping his career-best hit streak at 27 games. His last game without a hit came on July 1, 2012.

Ortiz had a chance to extend his streak in the ninth inning and struck out.

Ortiz did not speak to reporters after the game. But he did react on Twitter.

“End of my hitting streak tonight the season stil [sic] going strong,” he wrote after a 15-8 loss against the Twins.

Ortiz also wrote that he hoped Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy “is a happy man now.”

On Tuesday, Shaughnessy asked Ortiz about the perception that he could be using performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz denied it.

Also:

• Felix Doubront’s 105 pitches were the most in relief for a Red Sox pitcher since Vaughn Eshelman threw 106 over 3 2/3 innings against the Twins on July 25, 1996. It was only the third time since at least 1916 that a Red Sox reliever threw 100 pitches.

• Ryan Pressly, whom the Twins selected from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft, got his first major league victory in relief. He went four innings and allowed two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

• Lefthanded reliever Franklin Morales started and went two scoreless innings for Double A Portland. He allowed two hits and struck out three against Reading, throwing 24 pitches. Morales has been on the disabled list all season because of a back injury suffered in spring training. He returned to pitch in a game for Single A Greenville April 17 and strained a pectoral muscle.

• Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, the first designated hitter of the Red Sox, was recognized before the game. Cepeda hit .289 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs for the Sox in 1973. Ron Blomberg, the first DH of the Yankees, was on hand, too. Ortiz presented Cepeda with a framed photograph.

• Shortstop Jose Iglesias was back in the Pawtucket lineup and went 1 for 5 after being benched for three games for disciplinary reasons. “He handled the initial option back to Pawtucket as a pro, and he continued to get his work in,” John Farrell told WEEI. “But I think as time has gone on, he’s kind of feeling like he should be in a big-league uniform. Yet, that time isn’t now.”

• The Red Sox returned to Fenway on Monday to find new leather chairs in front of their lockers in place of their old padded folding chairs.

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