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Papi's O's parting gifts: Dugout phone, donation

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BALTIMORE -- Just prior to playing his final regular-season game at one of his favorite road haunts, David Ortiz was honored in a ceremony at Camden Yards that contained humor and sincerity.

O's announcer Jim Hunter served as master of ceremonies and announced to Ortiz and the crowd to watch some video highlights that everyone could enjoy before Thursday night's 5-3 Red Sox win.

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BALTIMORE -- Just prior to playing his final regular-season game at one of his favorite road haunts, David Ortiz was honored in a ceremony at Camden Yards that contained humor and sincerity.

O's announcer Jim Hunter served as master of ceremonies and announced to Ortiz and the crowd to watch some video highlights that everyone could enjoy before Thursday night's 5-3 Red Sox win.

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The montage included Ortiz belting three home runs against the New York Yankees -- a rival for both the Red Sox and Orioles.

Up next was a clip of one of Ortiz's most infamous moments.

Video: BOS@BAL: Ortiz smashes dugout phone, gets ejected

On July 27, 2013, Ortiz was so incensed at getting called out on strikes in a game at Camden Yards that after being ejected, he broke the dugout phone with his bat.

After the video of that moment was played, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones came on to the field and presented Ortiz with the phone he broke more than three years ago.

Ortiz was tight-lipped about his thoughts on receiving the phone, but he thanked the Orioles for recognizing him.

"It was alright," said Ortiz. "You know, I just thank Baltimore for the memories and see you in the playoffs."

The Orioles then presented a check for $10,000 in Ortiz's name to the World Pediatric Project, which helps critically ill children in the Dominican Republic.

Thursday marked Game No. 122 for Ortiz at Camden Yards, where he entered the night with 30 career home runs. He belted a single in his final regular-season at-bat there and received a standing ovation on his way back to the dugout after being forced out at second base.

Video: BOS@BAL: Ortiz gets standing ovation at Oriole Park

What pleased Ortiz the most about the night was another win by the Red Sox, who have won eight in a row to reduce their magic number for clinching the American League East to five.

"We're playing baseball the way we're supposed to be playing it," he said. "This time of year, every game matters. We're taking it personally."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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