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Aviles credits Ortiz for calling team meeting

5/20/2012

PHILADELPHIA--The Red Sox have won eight of their last 10 games since Josh Beckett was KO'd for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Cleveland Indians, followed the next day by a team meeting called by David Ortiz. That session contributed to the turnaround, Sox shortstop Mike Aviles said Sunday.

"He's a leader, he's a leader,'' Aviles said. "And when you have a leader like that call a meeting (he) basically says, 'Let's go, let's step this up and get where we need to be.'

"You look at this locker room, there's a lot of talent in here. There's no reason we can't win. None whatsoever. I just feel like when you have your leaders talking and letting everybody know, when we all get together, we're playing like a team now. That's the way it should be. A lot of talent here. No reason not to win.''

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, in reporting about the meeting, quoted one unnamed player as saying the session turned "heated.''