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Ortiz has earned more time to try to answer his critics

Updated: April 15, 2010, 11:16 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's a final scene easily recalled, even though the movie, "Bang the Drum Slowly," is almost 40 years old, the novel even older.

"He wasn't a bad fellow, no worse than most and probably no better than some,'' says pitcher Henry Wiggen, the only player to attend the funeral of his simple-minded and much-put-upon teammate Bruce Pearson (played in the movie by an unknown actor named Robert De Niro).

"And not a ...

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