When Will Middlebrooks passed David Ortiz in the Red Sox clubhouse after last night’s rain-shortened, 3-0 win against the Yankees, the injured third baseman asked his teammate what went farther: his sixth inning home run or the bat toss that followed it?

The homer, which landed deep in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium, certainly held the edge. But Ortiz got plenty of distance when he tossed his bat toward the visitors dugout as he admired the blast off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.

Home runs — and exaggerated bat tosses — are Ortiz staples.

“Just go and watch Papi videos,” Ortiz said of the toss. “I do that all the time. It’s on YouTube.”

Ortiz’ moonshot caused some to wonder if it helped open the skies for a 37-minute rain delay. But the designated hitter downplayed his 10th home run of the season.

“I just put a good swing on it and made things happen,” Ortiz said.

Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz described Ortiz’ shot as “special.” Ortiz has had his share of special moments at the Yankees’ expense during the past 11 years. He was 2-for-3 last night to improve his career batting average against New York to .313. He has 38 home runs and 132 RBI in 179 career games against the Yankees.

“It’s a great city,” Ortiz said. “They built a really nice building here. We only come here three times, but the intensity between our games and everyone’s looking forward (to them).”