Big Papi

Red Sox legend David Ortiz throws out the first pitch before the game between Boston and the New York Yankees on Monday night at Fenway Park. Ortiz threw to his former teammate, retired catcher Jason Varitek. It was Big Papi’s first visit to the park since he was shot in his native Dominican Republic. 

Red Sox legend David Ortiz, in his first public appearance three months after being shot in the back in the Dominican Republic, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Monday night's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston.

Ortiz came out of the dugout to a standing ovation, then delivered the pitch to former teammate Jason Varitek. "First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be here with all of you," Ortiz said, addressing the crowd.

"I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They always have been there for me, supporting me, they were aware what happened to me. And they were the first ones there supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox family. I want to thank all of you for all the prayers; all of them came home. I really appreciate -- thank you very much.

"I want to thank my former teammates for being there for me also. All of them came home to check up on this boy. Also, I want to thank the Yankees. A lot of my boys over there came to check up on Big Papi. Thank you very much, I appreciate it. CC (Sabathia), (Edwin) Encarnacion, all y'all -- thank you very much. God bless you all. Go Sox."

Yankees 5, Red Sox 0

Austin Romine and Gio Urshela homered, James Paxton threw 6 2/3 shutout innings and the New York Yankees blanked the host Boston Red Sox 5-0 in the finale of a four-game series Monday.

Paxton (13-6) won his eighth straight start, giving up four hits and three walks and striking out seven. The victory was the Yankees' 14th in 19 meetings with the Red Sox this season, their most over Boston in a single year in the expansion era (since 1961).

New York won for the 12th time in its last 16 games, while Boston lost its third straight. The defeat officially eliminated the Red Sox from American League East division title contention.

Eduardo Rodriguez matched zeroes with Paxton over the first four innings before Romine went yard with one out in the fifth to snap the scoreless tie. The blast was Romine's seventh of the season.

Rodriguez (17-6) lost for just the second time in his last 17 starts, with both coming against New York. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk over six innings with nine strikeouts.

Urshela, making his first start since being activated from the injured list (groin) Sunday, led off the seventh against Darwinzon Hernandez with his 19th homer, and the Yankees added two more in the inning on a DJ LeMahieu RBI single and Gleyber Torres sacrifice fly.

Luke Voit's RBI single in the ninth completed the scoring for New York.

Earlier Monday, the Red Sox announced they parted ways with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. The team won the AL East from 2016-18 under his guide, including a 2018 World Series title, but is all but eliminated from the postseason this year.