Ortiz continues to torment Twins

Ortiz continues to torment Twins
May 19, 2013, 1:15 am
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MINNEAPOLIS  --  Before the 2003 season, David Ortiz was released by the Minnesota Twins. In 53 games against the Twins since then, Ortiz has hit .332, going 66-for-199, with 17 doubles, 15 home runs, and 43 RBI.
 
He nearly single-handedly delivered the Sox a 12-5 win at Target Field Saturday night, going 3-for-4, with two home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI. This was his eighth career game recording three or more hits against his former team.
 
For some, there can be a certain amount of pleasure found in showing the one who jilted you what they are now missing out on.
 
“I was just thinking whether or not he takes the whole history with the Twins personally or what. But he certainly made a statement tonight,” said Craig Breslow, who was the beneficiary of Ortiz’s offense, earning his first win of the season.  
 
Ortiz says he no longer takes a special kind of pride in demolishing the Twins. Not anymore, anyway.
 
“Used to be but not anymore. I just go about my business,” he said. “You guys see me trying to hit the moon every time I hit anyway. So it’s nothing new. Everybody is doing something to win the game. Everybody is doing something positive.
 
“I don’t know. I try to do well against everyone sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It worked tonight.”
 
As it has in the 10 games he’s played at Target Field, the Twins home since 2010. Ortiz is batting .500, going 19-for-38, with five home runs and 16 RBI here.
 
“Don’t give the Twins any ideas, man,” he said. “No man, it’s a great ballpark. They did a great job in this ballpark. It’s nice especially with this weather [81 degrees at first pitch].
 
Ortiz has three home runs in five games on the current road trip with at least one RBI in each of those games, and 12 RBI total. His oblique, which had been bothering him, is feeling better.
 
“It’s feeling better,” he said. “With the treatment it’s getting better.
 
“Yeah, feeling good. Trying to make good contact and make things happen.”
 
After a delayed start to the season, activated from the disabled list on April 20, Ortiz is batting .362, with a .408 on-base percentage and .681 slugging percentage.
 
His two home runs in the game – giving him seven for the season – came against a lefty, Scott Diamond, and a righty, Anthony Swarzak.
 
“I don’t know that anything has surprised,” manager John  Farrell said. “Certainly the performance is as good you’re going to find around the league. He’s a guy with a long history of a lot of production. He hits lefties and righties alike as we saw again tonight. It’s the consistency he goes about his work. There’s a definite plan every day he comes to the park. The way he goes through his BP…It’s no coincidence he has the success that he does. He’s combined both average and power at the same time.”

“The thing is – obviously two home runs and six RBI's, it’s pretty impressive. But it’s no different than what he’s been doing since he came back,” Breslow said. “He’s kind of continuing to give us the thump in the middle of the lineup, and he’s been that guy for probably 15 years now. So, while it’s nice to enjoy and sit back and watch it, I don’t think we’re surprised.”