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Red Sox not concerned with David Ortiz’s spring slump

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz sat on the dugout bench before Thursday night’s game against the Yankees laughing loudly as he chatted with teammates and other passers-by.

He has struggled at the plate during spring training but isn’t concerned.

“I’m swinging fine. I’ll be ready,” he said.

Ortiz was 0 for 2 with a walk in the game. He is 2 for 32 with 10 strikeouts and has gone 17 consecutive at-bats without hit.

Manager John Farrell doesn’t have Big Papi on his list of worries. “I’m not concerned with David, what he’s done through 30 at-bats,” he said.

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