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Ortiz heads into retirement: Indians advance in playoffs, defeating the Red Sox

The Cleveland Indians celebrate their 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Cleveland Indians swept the Boston Red Sox out of the postseason and sent David Ortiz into retirement on Monday night with a 4-3 victory that completed a three-game American League Division Series sweep. Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer, closer Cody Allen got four outs, and the Indians advanced the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2007. That year, they took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against Boston before losing three in a row.

Once I got out of the game, I was screaming at my team to put me back in it. Make me wear this uniform one more day. Because I wasn't ready to be over with the playoff.

David Ortiz

Perhaps inspired by the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA title — the city's first pro sports championship since 1964 — the Indians had to shut down the most prolific offense in the major leagues and weather the emotional farewell to Ortiz. Ortiz was lifted for a pinch runner in the eighth and left to a standing ovation. But that wasn't enough for the crowd of 39,530 — the largest at Fenway Park since at least World War II. Chanting "We're not leaving!" and "Thank you, Pa-pi!" for more than 10 minutes while the Indians celebrated, the crowd finally drew Ortiz back onto the field. He made one last farewell, in tears.

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David Ortiz

David Américo Ortiz Arias(born November 18, 1975), nicknamed"Big Papi", is a retired Dominican American professional baseball player. Ortiz was a designated hitter(DH) in Major League Baseball(MLB) who occasionally played first base.