"When he gets in that batter's box, it's just him and there's nothing else going on," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I know you have to have some talent, but that's one of the real special things about him. I bet if you ask him, he doesn't hear anything, he doesn't see anything but the pitcher and the ball. That's one of his special traits."
There was no talking from Ortiz, who has stayed silent this weekend because he's hurt the way the New York media has portrayed the statements he made about Derek Jeter and the American League Most Valuable Player Award earlier in the week.
Jeter and Ortiz did chat privately on Saturday, and according to various reports, all seems to be fine between the MVP candidates.
It was Ortiz's first homer in a week, as he's been worked around by opposing pitchers consistently with Manny Ramirez out of the lineup. Ortiz has walked nine times in his last 15 plate appearances.
Youk hurts shoulder: Not long after his three-run double broke open Sunday's Game 1 win, Kevin Youkilis jammed his right shoulder in his stretch at first on a wide throw by Alex Gonzalez. Youkilis did hang on for a key double play on Bernie Williams, but had to exit the game.
Youkilis didn't start Game 2. Instead, Carlos Pena started at first base.
"It should be fine," said Youkilis. "It's just one of those things. Quick jolt, the way I did it, it just spasmed up on me. I didn't dislocate it or anything. Just a little thing. Hopefully with a little massage and a little ice, it will go away."
Pena misses doubleheader: Already short in the outfield because of the indefinite loss of Ramirez (patella tendinitis in right knee), the Red Sox didn't have Wily Mo Pena for Sunday's doubleheader.
Pena strained his right quad in an unsuccessful pursuit of Jason Giambi's double in the seventh inning on Saturday night.
"It's still tight," said Pena. "They just want me to get hot stuff and massage it, and I'll jump on the bike for 15 minutes. They just said I have to rest for a little bit, like a day, or a couple of days."
Pena has had a hard time getting into a consistent playing rhythm this season, thanks to multiple bouts with left wrist woes, and now the quad injury.
"I was talking about it yesterday with my girlfriend," Pena said. "It seems like things keep happening. I don't want that to happen now, because we just have like two weeks until the season is over."
Success on the farm: The Portland Sea Dogs, Boston's Double-A affiliate, captured their first Eastern League Championship in franchise history with an 8-5 win over Akron on Sunday.
It was the first time a Double-A affiliate of the Red Sox has won a championship since 1983, when a young pitcher named Roger Clemens aided the cause of New Britain.
Coming up: Following Monday's off-day, Tim Wakefield will kick off a brief homestand when he faces the Twins on Tuesday night. The Twins counter with right-hander Matt Garza. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.