David Ortiz has officially put a season-starting slump behind him.
Hitting just .143 with one home run in April, the Red Sox designated hitter went from “first-month chump to Home Run Derby champ,” writes SI.com’s Joe Lemire as Big Papi topped the Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez 11-5 in the finals; Ortiz finished with 32 total home runs.
With the MLB All-Star Game prelude in the books, all eyes will be on the 81st Midsummer Classic in Angels Stadium of Anaheim as the National League tries to break through for its first win in 13 years (8 p.m. FOX).
The NL will start 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line, while the AL opens with the Rays’ David Price (12-4).
By The Numbers
15,545,000 – The number of viewers ABC announced tuned in for Spain’s victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup finals, which was a record for a men’s soccer game. The previous high was 14,863,000 for the U.S.’ 2-1 loss to Ghana in the second round.
$100,000 – Amount NBA commissioner David Stern fined Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert for his statement’s directed at LeBron James, in which he called the two-time MVP “narcissistic” after James left the Cavs for the Miami Heat.
8 – Years since Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, who he’s grouped with for the first two rounds of the British Open, have played together. Their last pairing was in the 2002 Memorial.