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Without a bat, Ortiz at a loss

His base-running gaffe in ninth helps NL get long-awaited All-Star victory

Updated: July 14, 2010, 8:21 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- This being close (enough) to Hollywood, this is how the 81st All-Star Game should have ended, not with the American League depending on David Ortiz's base-running acumen.

Need a pinch runner? Cue Dustin Pedroia, tossing aside his crutches and emerging from the AL dugout to replace Ortiz, whose All-Star credentials do not include speed.

Ortiz imagined the possibility, and laughed.

"He ain't that crazy,'' Ortiz said of his injured Red Sox teammate. "I would ...

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