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While holding court in front of his locker, answering questions about why he didn't have a home run yet, Ortiz was asked how much not having Ramirez batting behind him in the lineup anymore was a factor.
"I don't think that has to do with Manny, because I've seen pitches to hit out," he said.
Ortiz hasn't spoken with Ramirez since last season, sometime after the Red Sox sent the disgruntled star to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way trade with Pittsburgh at the non-waiver trade deadline.
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