Ortiz: 'Gotta believe in your players'

Updated: May 21, 2010, 8:07 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

David Ortiz, emboldened by the hot streak that has raised his batting average more than 100 percentage points since the start of the month, criticized Terry Francona in a radio interview for showing a lack of confidence in him, especially when the Red Sox manager pinch hit for him twice.

"I was mad. I was absolutely mad," Ortiz said Thursday morning on WEEI's Big Show, referring to the second time he was lifted for a pinch hitter, April 27 in Toronto . "If you ride with me, you're going ...

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