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Major League Baseball Statement

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre issued the following statement regarding the gesturing and postgame comments made by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox stemming from their Wednesday, June 18th game against the Minnesota Twins, pertaining to official scoring at Fenway Park:

"Official scorers have a job to do, and by their very nature, their decisions don't make everyone happy. But everyone in our game deserves respect. I hope that David will meet that standard going forward, because I don't share the same views that he expressed. 

"Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team. We want their best judgment, based on the rules. We have a process to review the decisions that our scorers make. Even when there are inevitable disagreements, we expect everybody to act professionally and respect the game and the integrity of our scorers."

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