Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is fresh off a visit to the White House and a selfie taken with President Obama. Ubaldo Jimenez, coming off a nervous off-season that ultimately landed him in Baltimore, took the mound Wednesday night to make his Orioles debut. It is in that context that Big Papi faced Jimenez with a runner on first base in the top of the third inning.
Off to a good start in his debut, Jimenez made his first big mistake and Ortiz made him pay for it in a big way.
Prior to that at-bat, Ortiz had not had much luck against Jimenez, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe notes.
The #RedSox lineup has hammered Jimenez. But Ortiz was 0 for 8 before the HR.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 2, 2014
These two will see plenty of each other over the course of the season in AL East match-ups, but so far it looks like Big Papi has the upper hand early.