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Former Red Sox pitcher battling cancer

BOSTON — There’s some encouraging news about former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer.

His wife, Shonda, tweeted a picture of him Tuesday with the caption, “Chemo officially done. Three more days of radiations left.”

Earlier this year, the 47-year-old announced he was being treated for cancer and had undergone surgery.

Schilling has never revealed the exact nature of his illness.

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Bombing survivors and family members walk in from left field.

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President Obama Hosts Champion Red Sox

BALTIMORE — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz acknowledged Wednesday that he has a promotional deal with Samsung but insisted that his selfie with President Barack Obama on Tuesday was spontaneous and not a marketing stunt.

“When people went crazy over that, you don’t get to see anything like that every day,” Ortiz said in the clubhouse before the Red Sox took on the Orioles at Camden Yards. “It wasn’t anything promotional, anything like that. I mean, who knows that you’re going to take a picture with the president? How many people can guarantee that? It was something we don’t even have to talk about.”

Upon being handed an honorary Red Sox jersey by Ortiz at Tuesday’s World Series celebration at the White House, the president pulled Ortiz close to him and motioned toward photographers to “get a good picture.”

After the two posed and photographers started snapping away, Ortiz reached into his pocket and asked, “Do you mind if I take another one, with my own?”

“He wants to do a selfie. It’s the Big Papi selfie,” Obama joked, getting laughs from players and spectators in attendance.

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Ortiz said Wednesday it was a genuine once-in-a-lifetime moment.

“It just came out right in the moment when I gave him the jersey and he asked to take pictures,” Ortiz said. “It was like, ‘Oh, wait a minute, let me see if I can get away with this.’ I was lucky that I was right there. It was fun. It was something I’ll never forget.”

Shortly after Ortiz tweeted the photo, which went out to his more than 630,000 followers and was retweeted nearly 40,000 times, Samsung retweeted it as well. The company later told the Boston Globe it “was an honor to help [Ortiz] capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement.”

Manager John Farrell, who found himself in the background of the photo, right between the heads of Ortiz and Obama, said he didn’t find out until Wednesday that the moment might not have been as organic as it appeared.

“At the time I didn’t know it,” Farrell said in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “No one can get closer to the president [than Ortiz was]. When David was on stage and kind of put his arm around [Obama] and put up a phone, it was only a moment that David Ortiz could seemingly pull off.

“I read about it this morning that this was maybe a little brought along by Samsung. … That didn’t take away from a pretty special day.”

Was Ortiz afraid the Secret Service might pounce on him as he reached into his pocket for his smartphone?

“We were talking about that afterwards,” Ortiz said. “I think it was super cool how everybody at the White House was, how friendly, the person we see on TV, the president we all know, seeing how humble and how cool he was. Every single one of us. It was a great experience. It doesn’t get any better.”

Samsung famously had viral success during the Oscars last month when host Ellen DeGeneres took a star-studded selfie with her Samsung phone. The comedian gathered a gaggle of A-list stars and had Bradley Cooper take the photo of the group, which she captioned, “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars”

Less than an hour after she posted it on Twitter, DeGeneres’ photo surpassed the previous record of 780,000 retweets of an Obama tweet after his re-election in 2012. The instantaneous surge even caused technical problems for Twitter.

In March, the president teased DeGeneres about her selfie, calling it a “pretty cheap stunt.”

Extension for one year worth $16 million

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his second home run of the game off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price, in front of Rays catcher Jose Molina in the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball’s American League division series, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston.

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BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and slugger David Ortiz have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract extension, according to ESPN and reports confirmed by SportsCenter 5’s Mike Lynch.

The deal would keep Ortiz under contract in Boston through the 2015 season.

Ortiz, 38, was in the final year of a $26 million, two-year contract as he enters his 12th season with the Red Sox.

He began last spring training with a heel injury that hobbled him early in the season.

But he finished with a .309 batting average, 30 homers and 103 RBIs. In the six-game World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, he batted .688 and was the MVP.

In 11 seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz is batting .292 with 373 homers and 1,191 RBIs. That averages out to 34 homers and 108 RBIs per season.

“I think I’m one of the greatest ever to wear this uniform,” Ortiz said in an interview earlier this year. “I don’t like to talk about it, like to sound like that, but sometime you got to let ‘em know. And I think it’s very disrespectful for someone out there to be saying that I’m greedy, that all I want to talk about is contract. When am I going to talk about contract? When I retire?”


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