Notes: Ortiz has 'a big night' against Twins

Notes: Ortiz has 'a big night' against Twins
May 14, 2014, 1:30 am
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MINNEAPOLIS -- David Ortiz has a long memory.

The Minnesota Twins gave up on him more than decade ago, in part because he was getting too expensive through arbitration. Twins GM Terry Ryan has long rued the decision, acknowledging it as one of the biggest mistakes of his career.

Ortiz has since gone to become a three-time World Series champ and achieve iconic status in Boston. But he can't seem to let go of the fact that Twins let him go.

Ortiz had a monster night Tuesday, belting solo homers in each of his first two at-bats, then added run-scoring singles in the next two plate appearances.

The homers gave him seven and 20 RBI in 12 games played here, and when asked what it was about Target Field that he liked so much.

"What do I like? Whuppin' the Twins' ass,'' said Ortiz with a straight face.

Asked if he still felt particularly motivated, Ortiz answered: "Every day.''

When he was asked if that motivation was heightened against the Twins, he said: "I play the game against everybody, but yeah. I mean, why not?''

Ortiz said there was nothing especially conducive about Target Field that produced the results he's experienced.

"I don't even know what the park looks like,'' said Ortiz. "I don't care about the park.''

"A big night,'' said John Farrell. "He obviously feels very comfortable hitting in this ballpark, with the number of extra-base hits he's had here. At one point tonight, he was really the only offense we had.''

The night had some historical significance for Ortiz, too, despite the loss. The first homer was career homer 439, enabling him to pass both Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi for 40th all-time in Major League Baseball.

The second homer gave him 382 as a member of the Red Sox, putting him in a tie for third all-time with Jim Rice.


In each of his first seven starts this season, starter Jake Peavy had pitched into the sixth inning every time, and only once had he allowed more than two earned runs.

But Tuesday was not his night. He was rocked for five runs in the second and when he allowed another in the fifth, he was gone, having been charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

John Farrell blamed Peavy's "inability to keep any consistency (on pitches) down and away to righthanders. A number of pitches leaked back to the middle or the inner part of the plate. It was more the lack of consistency of his four-seamer down and away.''

Peavy lamented the five-run second the most.

"I just couldn't make any pitches to get out of it,'' he said. "They scored too many runs. I've got to do a better job than that. I wasn't quite making pitches. That's what it comes to - executing your pitches. I just didn't make a whole lot of quality pitches and I've got to get better. And I will before Sunday night (his next start).''

Two walks in the second inning came back to hurt Peavy, who's been averaging more than five walks per nine innings this season.

"Overall, with the exception of tonight,'' said Farrell, "the walks have been mixed in but really haven't come back to haunt him.''