Ortiz 'hurt' by PED speculation

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said Wednesday he was "hurt" by a Boston Globe story that questioned whether his strong start to the season has been aided by performance-enhancing drugs.

Ortiz, speaking to ESPN's Pedro Gomez in the Fenway Park dugout before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins, said reporters have "no reason" to link Ortiz to PEDs.

"I have bad Aprils [and] they bury me, or some reporter buries me because of that," Ortiz said. "I have a good April [and] it's bad, too."

Ortiz had his 27-game hitting streak snapped in Wednesday's loss, going 0-for-5, but is still hitting .381 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 16 games.

Ortiz, who said he is a "big, firm believer" in Major League Baseball's drug-testing program, told Gomez he was tested Tuesday night. Ortiz also told the Globe he's been tested "probably" five times this season.

"You're going to make me look like that just because I'm hitting good through 15 games?" Ortiz said. "I mean ... it makes no sense."

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CLICK HERE to read Gordon Edes' column on Ortiz. Edes writes that while some skeptics may question Ortiz's continued excellence, many simply appreciate it as the work of a dedicated superstar.