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Ortiz: Strike zone was ‘a joke’

08.08.10 at 7:02 am ET

NEW YORK — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz could muster nothing against Yankees starter CC Sabathia on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts (two called) and a double play in Boston’s 5-2 loss to New York. Yet while Ortiz gave some credit to the Yankees ace, he also made no secret about his displeasure with the strike zone of home plate umpire Jerry Layne.

On both of Ortiz’ called strikeouts, he stood at home plate, hands on hips, with a look of disgust about the calls. After the game, he was feeling no more charitable towards the strike zone.

“It was a joke,” said Ortiz. “The fact is that on top of [Sabathia] being that good, he’€™s got [an ump] calling all kinds of [expletive]. That made him better.

“I didn’€™t see that many strikes that I can hit,” Ortiz added. “Swinging at all kinds of [expletive]. That’€™s what you’€™ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck.”

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