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Aly Raisman’s advice from David Ortiz after pre-Olympic injury

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It’s Christmas Eve 2015, and Aly Raisman is — where else — at Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz‘s house.

She’s also sporting a black walking boot.

Raisman said in her book, “Fierce,” published Tuesday, that she partially tore left ankle ligaments warming up on floor exercise at a December 2015 national team camp.

Raisman thought about quitting gymnastics during that camp, not only for that injury but also because she was brought to tears — two days before getting hurt — believing that she wouldn’t make the Olympic team named in seven months.

Raisman was told by a doctor to keep pressure off the ankle for four weeks.

Later that month, she arrived at Ortiz’s house for a Christmas Eve small group gathering. Raisman and Ortiz had been friends since she threw a ceremonial first pitch at an August 2012 Red Sox game.

Ortiz asked how she was doing wearing that boot.

“I just don’t feel confident anymore,” she said. “There are all these younger girls coming up, and they’re all better than me.”

Ortiz, then a 40-year-old going into his final MLB season, nodded and offered advice.

“You have to use the moment and not let it use you,” he said.

Seven months later, Raisman made her second Olympic team. A month after that, she won another Olympic gold and two silvers, giving her six career Olympic medals.

Raisman plans to return for a Tokyo 2020 run.

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MLB commissioner ‘can’t imagine’ best baseball players in Olympics

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MIAMI (AP) — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has repeated the sport’s opposition to having top major leaguers play at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 2020 Games are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, and Major League Baseball has repeatedly said it will not interrupt its season.

The World Baseball Classic, co-owned by MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, has been the sport’s alternative.

“I can’t imagine a situation where we would take the kind of break that would be necessary to have our best players in the Olympics,” Manfred said Monday during an All-Star Game town hall meeting. “As a result of that, we feel the WBC is crucial as a substitute, a premiere international tournament that allows our players to play for their countries.”

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Katie Ledecky issues invite to Bryce Harper during coming suspension

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It appears Bryce Harper might be forced to miss some upcoming Washington Nationals games. D.C.-area native Katie Ledecky is here to soften the blow.

“If you end up suspended,” Ledecky tweeted to Harper after his mound-charging fight Monday, “come on down to Palo Alto and hang out at the pool for a day!”

It would be fitting. After all, Ledecky already joined Harper at Nationals Park in August, when Harper become a medal rack for Ledecky so she could throw a ceremonial first pitch.

Harper then sported a Ledecky swimming cap during the Nationals’ champagne-spraying celebration after winning the National League East title last season.

Ledecky, a rising Stanford sophomore, is preparing for the U.S. Championships in Indianapolis in four weeks. She will race in Santa Clara, Calif., this weekend on NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

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