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First Call: MLB world offers prayers for David Ortiz; A.J. Green wants to stay with Bengals

Tim Benz
Red Sox baseball David Ortiz, right, laughs with Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Friday, June 23, 2017, at Fenway Park in Boston as the team retired Ortiz’s jersey No. 34.

In Monday’s “First Call,” an update on David Ortiz’s health after he was shot over the weekend. A.J. Green wants to remain a Bengal. Tensions rise in the N.L. West. 

Praying for Papi

Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez reached out to former teammate David Ortiz on Sunday night after Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic.

Police say Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range.

Starling Marte of the Pirates, showed his support, as well. Marte and Ortiz are both from Santo Domingo in the Domincan Republic.

Former Pirate Andrew McCutchen was saddened by the news.

Others in the MLB community made their feelings known as well.

A.J. is OK

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green is entering the last year of his contract. Many have wondered if he’ll just play it out and hit free agency.

But Green is saying he’d like to stay with the Bengals.

“Cincinnati is home for me,” Green told FOX19 in Cincy at his football camp. “All I know is Cincinnati. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in a different city. Hopefully I can be here for a couple more years.”

Green says he is cleared to participate in football activities. He had offseason toe surgery. Minicamp starts this week. He has 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns during his nine years with the Bengals.

Mad Madbum

Madison Bumgarner is mad.

At Max Muncy.

The Giants pitcher started yelling at the Dodgers infielder after Muncy hit a first-inning home run against him Sunday.

Bumgarner was calm after the game. But you can tell he still was a bit upset.

Muncy had a pretty good quote after the game.

That homer ended up being the only run of the game as L.A. won 1-0.

That didn’t work so well

Bryce Harper tried to get sneaky over the weekend.

And it didn’t work. The Phillies star attempted to steal home against Reds right-hander Sonny Gray. And Gray wasn’t fooled.

For as dead to rights as Harper was, I think the broadcasters in that clip are right. I wonder if that tag really beat the slide.

The Reds won 4-3.

Meanwhile, Texas’ Rougned Odor tried the same move and made it work.

That’s why it’s better to try that stunt against a lefty. Unfortunately for Odor and the Rangers, they lost 9-8 to Oakland.

Poking fun at Pam

Pam from “The Office” was taking a little heat on Twitter last night.

Jenna Fischer made an appearance on the NBC broadcast of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday. And she seemed ready for a Stanley Cup celebration.

Here’s the problem. The Bruins won 5-1 and forced Game 7 back in Boston Saturday.

Bruins fans gave some shots back, usually via the endless well of GIFs from “The Office.”

We know John Krasinski is a Bruins fan. No word on who Rashida Jones is rooting for.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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