David Ortiz said comments were misinterpreted

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LOS ANGELES — David Ortiz said Friday that his comments regarding Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last Sunday were not meant as criticism of his teammate.

Ortiz said his disapproval was more about the timing of the incident and that it led to the Yankees coming back to beat the Red Sox.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,’’ Ortiz told USA Today on Wednesday. “But we don’t all think alike.”

When his comments became national news, Ortiz was surprised.

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