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Ortiz avoids controversy on contract talk

Updated: March 14, 2010, 4:23 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz does not deny that he has been more subdued this spring.

"But no question, it will come back,'' the Red Sox DH said of his Big Papi persona. "I'm just focusing on getting ready for the season.''

Ortiz is tight-lipped when asked if there is anything that might be weighing on him. The most obvious potential source of discontent is his contract situation: The Red Sox hold an option on the 2011 season for $12.5 million.

Ortiz said he has had ...

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