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Papi's performance speaks for itself

Some may question David Ortiz's continued excellence; many simply appreciate it

Updated: May 9, 2013, 1:38 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- So, while most of us marvel at David Ortiz's remarkable start, especially since he missed all of spring training, and one columnist (Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe) confronted him about steroid suspicions, a couple of stories for a little historical perspective.

In 1954, Ted Williams fractured his collarbone on the first day of spring training and missed all of camp. He made his first appearance in the Sox lineup as a substitute on May 15, and the next day made his first starts, ...

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