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Ortiz wants to play ‘two or three more years’

04.27.10 at 6:40 pm ET

TORONTO — Speaking before the Red Sox‘ game with the Blue Jays Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre David Ortiz said that he would like to play “two or three more years” beyond the 2010 season. “I’ll be 37 or 38,” he said. “Two or three more years and then I’ll take it to the house.”

Ortiz referenced coming into the majors as a 21-year-old and how far away playing in his mid-30’s seemed. “Time has gone fast, really fast,” he said. “I never thought it would happen this fast. I talked to all those (Twins teammates) and they said, ‘It goes fast, believe me.’ And they were right.”

The 34-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Red Sox, who have a $12.5 team option on the DH for the 2012 season.

Ortiz also mentioned how he has lost 20 pounds by improving his diet, which was a process he began following the 2009 season. “I don’t really know how I did it, but I did it,” he said. “I was eating too much so I started right after the season. I feel a lot better when I run. I’ve always been a good athlete since I was a kid, but as I got older I started losing it. But for a big guy I think I run pretty good.”

Ortiz is in the lineup Tuesday, hitting sixth, after not starting in four of the last six games.

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