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Red Sox celebrate David Ortiz before final spring training home game

Lee County commissioners John Manning, left, and Cecil Pendegrass, right, present Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz with a street sign after city leaders honored Ortiz by renaming a street by the ballpark in his name during a ceremony before Monday's game against the Orioles. Tony Gutierrez/AP

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston celebrated David Ortiz’s two decades of spring training in Fort Myers with a pregame ceremony before his final home exhibition game, a 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Ortiz announced on his 40th birthday in November that this will be his final season. He trained in Fort Myers with the Minnesota Twins and then since 1993 with the Red Sox.

Ortiz went 0 for 3 and left after the sixth inning in a golf cart decorated with his number 34 and the flag of the Dominican Republic on its roof. The cart was driven by a pair of former Red Sox starts: Hall of Famer Jim Rice and Luis Tiant.

Xavier Avery, Nolan Reimold and Francisco Pena homered for the Orioles, with Avery connecting on Rick Porcello’s second pitch of the game.

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