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Francona on Ortiz: Guys need time

Updated: April 14, 2010, 2:34 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona expanded Wednesday morning on remarks he made the day before on Boston sports radio station WEEI regarding struggling slugger David Ortiz, who was back in the lineup for Wednesday's game.

Francona had said in his weekly radio interview that you can't look at players as "chess pieces.''

"I guess I've always felt like that,'' Francona said Wednesday. "It's not fantasy baseball, it's not like chess pieces. Certainly ...

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