David Ortiz put on quite a power show in batting practice at Tropicana Field on Sunday, a day after the Boston slugger homered twice off Tampa Bay ace David Price.
Ortiz hit eight straight shots over the walls during the off-day workout. He had an extra edge — he used an aluminum bat.
Asked why he swung the metal, Big Papi simply said he "felt like it."
Ortiz's homers helped the Red Sox take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five division series, with Game 3 on Monday. Price was annoyed that Ortiz watched his second home run sail over the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park.
Ortiz said the two stars have talked and everything between them is OK.
"It's over," Ortiz said. "I have a lot of respect for David and he has the same thing for me. I'm not going to made a big deal out of this. I understand his frustration. He's a good pitcher."
PRICE'S PRONOUNCEMENTS: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price had an eventful 24 hours, on and off the field.
The Tampa Bay Rays ace took to Twitter several hours after being beaten by Boston on Saturday in Game 2 of the AL division series to criticize two TV analysts.
"Dirk Hayhurst...COULDN'T hack it...Tom Verducci wasn't even a waterboy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS," read Price's tweet.
Sunday afternoon, Price again wrote on the social media site to apologize, saying that "last night got out of hand."
"I think David did the right thing after he had done the wrong thing," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays' optional workout Sunday. "And I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."
Price didn't take part in Sunday's practice.
Even after this incident, Maddon still doesn't plan on setting up a formal team social media policy.
"I think that one of my first thoughts was, next spring training when we have our media training, you're going to see this as a perfect example of what not to do," Maddon said. "Again in the real world, in the bigger picture, it really doesn't mean a whole lot. But I think on a personal level, the fact that he did something wrong, and even more importantly that he corrected it, I think is even more important."
SHIFTING TIMES: To some, these defensive shifts now being employed all over the majors are new wave. To Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, they're old school — thanks to Whitey Herzog.
Hurdle played for the Hall of Fame manager in both Kansas City and St. Louis and admired Herzog's way of positioning players.
"Whitey was probably as aggressive and creative with defensive positioning as anybody I know. He kept his own spray charts. That is one thing that I carried with me as soon as I started managing in the major leagues," Hurdle said. "I'd watch this man show up to the park with his bag and colors and his ruler and papers."
"I don't think I got the courage until I got to St. Louis to ask him what he was doing," Hurdle said. "I thought he was just coloring. So he was very innovative."
The Pirates have borrowed a page from Herzog's approach this season. The team is among the most aggressive when it comes to defensive positioning.
Pittsburgh played so far to the right side when St. Louis slugger Carlos Beltran came to bat that he tried to bunt. The ball rolled foul and Beltran, one of the best postseason hitters in history, eventually grounded out.
PERALTA'S POWER: Detroit's Jhonny Peralta will be in the lineup Monday for Game 3 of the AL division series against Oakland — his first home game since being suspended 50 games as part of baseball's drug investigation.
Peralta returned for the last three games of the regular season and appeared as a pinch-hitter in Game 1 of this series. Now manager Jim Leyland wants to try to boost his team's offense, which has been blanked for 17 straight innings after a three-run first in the postseason opener.
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