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Red Sox try to focus on baseball after news of David Ortiz

The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.) — By Bill Koch The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)

June 10-- BOSTON-Chris Sale's first pitch Monday signified the return of business as usual for the Red Sox.

Boston's organization and fan base had been through a harrowing previous night, with reports of David Ortiz being shot in his native Dominican Republic burning through social media. Red Sox front office members Sam Kennedy, Dave Dombrowski and Eddie Romero addressed the incident in an afternoon press conference, and club owner John Henry was also on hand.

All of this took place before manager Alex Cora's typical pregame briefing. Cora took no baseball questions during his 10 minutes at the microphone, instead focusing on the health of his friend and former Boston teammate. He said there were no thoughts of cancelling or postponing Monday's contest, but Red Sox players were obviously a bit preoccupied by the shocking news.

"We'll find a way because that's what we have to do," Cora said. "It's not easy. I know we've got to go out there and perform. We have to. We'll find a way to do it."

Kennedy said there were no formal tributes planned to honor Ortiz, but the club would make some sort of acknowledgement of his injuries and medical status. Boston waited until the early hours of Monday morning to make any formal statement, still attempting to gather accurate information.

"It was jarring," Kennedy said. "It was frankly stunning and terrifying. It was a horrific incident."

Henry, Kennedy, Dombrowski and Romero addressed Red Sox players later Monday afternoon. Dombrowski said Cora might have had some individual conversations with players as well. Boston counts three natives of the Dominican Republic on their 25-man roster-Rafael Devers, Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Nunez.

"For us that believe, just pray for him," Cora said. "Keep your positive vibes. This guy, I always said that he's bigger than life."


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