Ortiz goes from hothead to hot bat vs. Orioles

Ortiz goes from hothead to hot bat vs. Orioles
July 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
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David Ortiz left in the fifth inning of a game against the Giants due to back soreness, but says everything is OK now.

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BALTIMORE -- From the time his named was mentioned as part of the announcement of the starting lineups through his first two plate appearances Sunday, David Ortiz was the target of some loud boos by fans at Camden Yards.
     
Orioles fans rode him about his on-field and dugout meltdown in the seventh inning Saturday, that culminated in his smashing a dugout phone to bits and resulted in his ejection.
     
But with each at-bat in the series finale, Ortiz quieted the crowd further.
     
In the first inning, he singled, helping to set up the first run of the day for the Red Sox. In the third, he drove a pitch from Jason Hammel out to left field for a two-run homer, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead.
     
After the homer, Ortiz made it a point to put his finger to his mouth, as if to shush the angry O's fans. And when he returned to the dugout and accepted congratulations from his teammates, he had some fun by making a mock run at the repaired phone, playfully brandishing his bat.
     
"Anytime you go 4-for-4," said John Farrell, "that might be a way of (silencing the crowd). He had a lot of hard contact. After he took it out on the phone (Saturday) night, he took it out on the baseball today. It was good to see."
     
"I like the crowd going crazy, cheering against me," said Ortiz with the hint of a smile. "I like that. That's why I love playing in New York. That gets me going."
     
Ortiz said he wasn't any more motivated at the plate, however.
     
"It's the atmosphere," he said. "You have to make sure you don't get out of your game. Sometimes when you get too excited, things just get worse. I just went out there like I normally do and swung at strikes."
     
In the first and eighth innings, Ortiz was at third base following singles, but he said he didn't have any conversation with umpire Tim Timmons, with whom he bitterly disagreed on two calls Saturday when Timmond was behind the plate.
     
"It's over," he said. "I turned the page. Whatever happened yesterday, happened yesterday and it's over. It's another game, another day. We moved on."
     
But with the benefit of hindsight, Ortiz wished he hadn't had the eruption he had.
     
"I'm not the favorite to be doing things like that," said Ortiz. "It's not my style. I try not to get to that point. But there's things that you can't control and things happen. I know that fans know me for being a humble
person and I try to do everything right. But I'm not perfect.
     
"The situation happened, but I didn't start it. Things got out of control for a minute, but like I said, it's over."
     
What isn't over is Ortiz's hot run at the plate. He's reached base safely in each of his last 11 games at a .375 clip (15-for-40).
     
The homer was his 20th of the season, giving him 12 20-home run seasons with the Red Sox, tying him with Dwight Evans and Jim Rice for second most in franchise history. Only Ted Williams (with 16 such seasons) has more.