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Ortiz Classic gets started in Dominican Republic

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 12, 2013 06:47 PM

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CAP CANA, Dominican Republic The sixth-annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic gets started tonight with the golf tournament on Saturday.

Several teammates are expected to attend along with former Sox starts Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Jim Rice, Tim Wakefield and Luis Tiant.

Ortiz, by the way, doesn't actually play golf. But he putts with every group, poses for photos and has a good time. The event supports the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which has channeled millions into pediatric care here in the Dominican and in Boston via Massachusetts General.

We'll have reports all weekend. Rumor has it that Alex Rodriguez is going to show up. Lawyers in tow, no doubt.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m. (ET): A-Rod is on the way according to media reports out of Santo Domingo. Rodriguez was in the capital and met with president Danilo Medina. He told reporters there that he would he attended Ortiz's event.

Santo Domingo is about two hours away from here.

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