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Slumping Ortiz benched vs. Mariners

Updated: May 16, 2009, 1:56 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- David Ortiz sat silently at his locker, fiddling with an iPod. The broad back of his red T-shirt proclaimed: "Ahora es el tiempo."

Not for Big Papi. The saying more aptly could read, "Now is [not] the time."

The Boston Red Sox finally benched their slumping slugger on Friday night. Manager Terry Francona left the five-time All-Star out of the lineup for the series opener at Seattle, a day after he went 0-for-7 and stranded 12 base runners -- tying a team record -- ...

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