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Papi's postgame comments

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  July 17, 2008 10:06 PM

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz spoke after Thursday night's Triple A-Pawtucket-Toledo game, his first live action since May 31 when he injured his left wrist.

The Paw Sox won 15-6. The 15 runs is a season-high and Ortiz finished 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

Here are a few of his comments:

On being challenged by the pitchers:

"Hey, let's not talk about it because they might not want to pitch to me tomorrow (laughs). No, but they know that I haven't played in a while, so why not."

On if he feels any pressure being in Triple A because of the expectations:

"Not really. I'm used to playing at Fenway. You can get no more pressure than that so this is pretty fun and relaxed. I mean, if I strike out, it will be like, 'Okay, I haven't played in a while.'" (laughs)

On his swings through the game, which were, by and large, very powerful, all-or-nothing swings:

Ive been swinging the way I normally do that way if anything comes out, I can feel it and stay away from playing until I get to be fine but everything came out pretty good."

On working on his timing, which he said was one of his priorities coming into the game:

I saw pitches. I chased a few high fastballs, but other than that, I was taking those bad pitches. Thats how you work on your timing.

On his home run:

"That's my game. To be able to swing like that when I have an injury before that I can't even hold on to my bat, it's a good feeling."

On the fans:

"Unbelievable. It feels like at Fenway."

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