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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
99, 100 ... Ortiz says it makes no difference

By Gordon Edes

CHICAGO -- How much did it mean to David Ortiz to record his 100th RBI on Monday in Boston’s 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox?

“As much as it did last year, when I got 99,’’ Ortiz said.

“One RBI made a big difference. Everybody was focused on the first two months I had last year, but 99 or 100 to me is no different. One number different, the same anyway.’’

Did he think that 100 RBIs would make a difference to John W. Henry, who ultimately will decide whether to exercise his 2011 option or offer him a new contract?

“I don’t know,’’ Ortiz said with a grin. “That’s a question you should ask him. I don’t think so.’’