Unlike Bobby Valentine, David Ortiz didn't revisit the past.

Given an opportunity yesterday to defend himself against his former manager's charge that he refused to play through a right Achilles strain after the Red Sox fell out of contention, Ortiz said only that the team wouldn't have re-signed him to a two-year, $26?million deal if he had a reputation for dogging it.

"To be honest with you, we won't be talking about what we're talking about right now if things would have been the way our ex-manager said," Ortiz said. "Being here for the last 10 years, you (media) know pretty much how I go about my business.

"The most important thing is that you are face to face with us every day and you guys already know how important it is to myself to be on the field and represent this organization the way I do, so I don't really need to add any more things to it."