Ortiz meets Benoit again, with a different result

DETROIT -- It was David Ortiz against Joaquin Benoit, and if you were thinking back to Game 2, you certainly weren't alone.

This time it was the ninth inning of Game 4, and Ortiz didn't represent the tying run, and when he hit a fly ball to right field, it was clear pretty quickly that Torii Hunter was going to be able to settle under it, rather than tumbling into a bullpen in front of a celebrating cop and a going-crazy crowd.

"I know the fans, when they saw Big Papi, they were like, 'Here it comes again,'" Benoit said, after the Ortiz out ended the Tigers' 7-3 win Wednesday night.

Benoit insists he wasn't thinking that. He insists he didn't care that it was Ortiz again, and that the only thing on his mind was getting the final out of the game.

"He hit a home run off me in Boston, and that's probably what people are looking at," he said. "I was just trying to get the third out."

He did, and Ortiz is now 7 for 24 against him in his career, with just the one home run and no other extra-base hits.

"That's probably not the last time he'll take me deep," Benoit said. "In a way, I hope it isn't, because it would mean we both have long careers. But hopefully it's the last time this year."

It didn't happen Wednesday, but with at least two and potentially three more games to go in this ALCS, there's every chance they'll meet again.

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