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David Ortiz says he is ‘done with’ Home Run Derby

06.13.13 at 8:00 am ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ‘€“ David Ortiz and Robinson Cano are buddies. That was evident when Ortiz picked Cano to be a participant in the Home Run Derby during the 2011 All-Star Game.

But, evidently, Ortiz is drawing the line regarding the pair’€™s friendship.

After Cano and Mets David Wright were named captains for the American League and National League, respectively, in this year’€™s Home Run Derby, Ortiz cut any conversation regarding his participation in the event off at the pass.

‘€œIf he asks me to do it? I wouldn’€™t do it. I’€™m done with that,’€ Ortiz told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox‘€™ Wednesday night win over the Rays. ‘€œI can’€™t do it no more. I can’€™t even do it in batting practice. Watch me in batting practice, I might lose a couple of balls but that’€™s it. I can’€™t do it. It wears me out. Wears me out. And you know the Home Run Derby can be taken lightly. You have to be young with a lot of energy.’€

Ortiz hasn’€™t participated in the event since ‘€™11, when he captained the American League’€™s four-player squad. (He was, however, an active observer during last season’€™s Home Run Derby, as was evidenced by video taken from a WEEI.com camera affixed to the slugger’€™s hat.)

Ortiz won the ‘€™10 Home Run Derby, having participated in the event six times.

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