Francona: Players aren't 'chess pieces'

Updated: April 14, 2010, 7:57 AM ET

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked extensively Tuesday about designated hitter David Ortiz's slow start, acknowledging his slugger's frustration and explaining why he believes it's important to keep him in the lineup on a consistent basis for now.

After struggling mightily the first two months of last season, Ortiz is off to another slow start in 2010. He is hitting .136 (3-for-22) with just 2 RBIs and 11 strikeouts. He has missed on 44 percent of his swings this season, more ...

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