Slump just a memory after another big day from Ortiz

Slump just a memory after another big day from Ortiz
September 1, 2013, 9:00 pm
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BOSTON – Slump? What slump? There was no slump. It was just that David Ortiz had spoiled us.
 
At least, that’s what the slugger – who snapped an 0-for-23 slide on Friday night with a two-run single -- thinks.
 
“The 0-for-23 slump, I just think that you guys got used to some good [hitting], you know?” said Ortiz. “The minute I stop hitting for about a week people start going crazy even though I’ve been telling you guys that you don’t need to worry about me. Start worrying about me when I go to the plate without a baseball bat.”
 
That hasn’t happened.
 
“Just a matter of timing, things he’s been working on with [hitting coach Greg Colbrunn] and assistant hitting coach Victor [Rodriguez],” manager John Farrell said. “Pinpoint that two-base hit [Saturday] night, not over-swinging and now getting timely hits.”

Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three RBI Sunday in 7-6 victory over the White Sox at Fenway Park that completed a three-game sweep.  He has  reached in eight of his past 11 plate appearances, going  5-for-8, with three walks, and six RBI, since the Friday night single that ended his slump.
 
He is two hits shy of 2,000 for his career.
 
“I’ve been swinging fine,” he said. It wasn’t like my timing was totally off. . . . I didn’t get any hits, but it wasn’t like I was swinging without any clue what I was doing.”
 
Ortiz played in just three of the six interleague games on the West Coast, going hitless in all six, and two more against the Orioles back at Fenway before breaking out of it on Friday. The downtime may have exacerbated the problem.
 
“I’m not going to lie to you that kind of caught me off guard, to play one game in four days and you don’t want that to happen, especially when you’re used to playing every day,” Ortiz said. “One day gets you off, believe it or not. Four days, three days, whatever, it gets extremely hard. But it feels good.”
 
Asked if he would like more rest before the end of the season, with the Sox likely to play in the postseason, Ortiz replied:
 
“What for? I need more rings. I’ve got more fingers.”