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Why Red Sox Fans Should Ignore David Ortiz Steroid Rumors
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Innocent until proven guilty.

"It's like when you're winning really big at Monopoly and people think you're stealing from the bank."

This was my 8-year-old daughter's response when I asked her for an example of when someone doing well might be unfairly accused of cheating.

I posed the question after reading Dan Shaughnessy's column in Wednesday's Boston Globe, in which he detailed his locker room steroids chat with David Ortiz the previous afternoon. 

Since Ortiz emerged from seven months on the shelf while nursing a bad heel to hit .426 in his first 14 games back in the Red Sox lineup, Shaughnessy posed it was only natural that people suspect steroids were fueling the comeback.

Ortiz denied any doping, and while I give Shaughnessy credit for questioning the slugger to his face, I felt the exchange deserved a paragraph lower in Tuesday's game notes rather than a bold, top-of-the-fold headline.

Why should Red Sox fans ignore the steroids talk surrounding Ortiz's big start? That's the subject of today's Sox in Six.

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