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From the archives | Sept. 29

David Ortiz’s walkoff hit boosts Red Sox playoff hopes

His eyes have increasingly taken on the color of his favored Majestic pullover. And yet, amid that bloodshot gaze, there was a conviction in Terry Francona’s look last night, and David Ortiz’s ninth-inning, game-ending RBI single had only something to do with it.

“You can say what you want,” Francona said late last night, his team, once behind, 4-1, pulling out a most vital 5-4 walkoff win over the Blue Jays. “You can act even outwardly however you do. But you can’t fake that feeling.

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