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Ross makes most of return to Fenway

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 3, 2013 12:31 AM

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The way he flung his bat and hopped out of the box, it seemed like Cody Ross thought he got all of Pedro Beato's 1-and-0 slider, but he wasn't quite sure.

With the wind blowing in, Cody Ross couldn't tell if the deep fly ball he sent out to left field had enough on it to get over the Monster.

Otherwise, he said, the bat flip would've been much stronger.

"That was a weak one," Ross said. "I didn't really know if that was gonna go or not."

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The homer was the last of his four hits on the night and it ultimately decided the Arizona Diamondbacks' 7-6 win over the Red Sox. Admittedly playing with a chip on his shoulder in his return to Fenway after parting ways with the Sox in the offseason, Ross finished with two doubles, the homer, and three RBIs.

"Obviously, I've had this game circled on my calendar for a while," Ross said. "I knew we were coming back here in the later part of the year and I was excited to get back and see a lot of familiar faces and a lot of friends, but at the same time come back and beat them. There's some feelings there."

Cheers greeted him when he stepped into the batter's box, appreciation for a 22-homer run year, albeit in one of the franchise's most frustrating seasons. He also got some heckling from fans in the Monster seats when he went out to play left field.

"They're cheering for me and giving me a hard time, too. It was good," Ross said. "As bad as we were last year, for the fans to cheer for me was pretty special. It didn't go so well like that when I was in San Francisco. I got a lot of boos, which I really don't understand. But maybe these fans know a little bit more than they do. I don't know. "

Ross stopped short of saying he sent any kind of a message with his huge day at the plate.

"I don't feel like I proved a point," he said. "I was just going out there and trying to help my team win. Obviously it feels good to have success against your old team or any team that let you go."

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