As Workman punished, Ortiz fumes

Asked if Price had objected specifically to Ortiz lingering at home plate to watch his second home run, a drive down the right-field line, he said: "I guess."

"He tried to make that point, what I understand at the time, that he gave it up, [but] he's not a loser; he's a guy who likes competition," Ortiz said. "I made my point clear: 'Hey dude, you're not going to win every day all the time. I know you want to take your team to the playoffs.'

"I [talked] good. Because of that, he called me back later ... and apologized. If I had gotten angry like him, then things would have been different. Basically he punked me because of what he did. I thought it was a word between man and man. To come back and do what he did [Friday night], I think it was some punk ass s---.

"I'm not going to get hit again," Ortiz continued. "Not by him. He did it on purpose. He punked me, and that's very disrespectful. I'm a grown-ass man. I've been around the league a long time, and I know how to take care of business on my own."

Regarding Ortiz and his comments, Maddon said, " Papi and I have had a pretty good relationship in the past. Sometimes commentary kind of oversteps, over-reaches. I'd like to believe if he had a better chance or more of an opportunity to think about it, he'd respond differently.

"For me, for us, it's a moot point, it's a dead issue right now. I want us to continue to move it along and just play baseball.

"It's unfortunate that it evolved into this war of words as it's gotten to this point, although I've been subject to that in the past so I understand how that works. I would like it to just go away and let's just start playing some baseball."

Maddon said he has not been asked to speak with MLB about the incident and that he sees no reason for Price to be suspended. "He wasn't even kicked out of the game," Maddon said.

Price also said he hasn't been asked to talk to MLB and that he "absolutely" should not be suspended.

Asked his reaction to Ortiz saying Price should be suspended, Price told a pool reporter, "I've got nothing else for you, to be honest. I'm past it. I have nothing else to say. People are going to have enough to say. I'm over it."

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