Defiant Papi vocal after latest homer

Defiant Papi vocal after latest homer

Defiant Papi vocal after latest homer
NEW YORK -- When Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz launched a three-run home run in the first inning of Wednesday night's 11-6 win over the Yankees, his second in two days, there was no bat flip. Just his typical paced stroll around the bases.

Ortiz crushed a full-count fastball from A.J. Burnett into right-center field. Asked by a reporter what he hit on Wednesday, the question likely referring to what pitch, Ortiz said "a bomb."

Ortiz homered on Tuesday off rookie Hector Noesi and dramatically flipped his bat aside, a show of flare that Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased about after the game. Two Yankees hitters were also hit by Sox starter Jon Lester on Tuesday, including slugger Mark Teixeira, creating a Petri dish for bad blood.

Ortiz, though, was dismissive when asked if he thought Burnett would throw at him.

"Why?" Ortiz asked, prompting a reporter to mention Girardi's comments. "I don't care about what Joe Girardi said, man. I come to play the game every day, and that's about it. I'm done with that.

"I don't want to be national news tomorrow. I don't want to have you guys asking me the same questions. I've got almost 370 bombs in the big leagues, and now it's a big deal because I bat flip [after] one of them."

In a renaissance season, Ortiz has 15 homers and a .323 average. He's the reigning American League Player of the Week.

"David's hit a lot of home runs," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm not sure what the difference is, whether you flip your bat or if you look in the dugout and wave at somebody. A lot of guys do stuff -- whatever. David's a big boy. He'll be all right."

Girardi said before the game that he did not hear talk from his team about retribution.