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Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches his three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia also scored. Catching for the Rays is Curt Casali. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches his three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia also scored. Catching for the Rays is Curt Casali. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, right, waits as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, right, waits as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, and Dustin Pedroia react after Ortiz hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Pedroia and Daniel Nava also scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, and Dustin Pedroia react after Ortiz hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Pedroia and Daniel Nava also scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches his three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia also scored. Catching for the Rays is Curt Casali. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, right, waits as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, and Dustin Pedroia react after Ortiz hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Red Sox's Pedroia and Daniel Nava also scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 27, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz.

A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style.

“I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said yesterday. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished.

“I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is.”

After the Rays’ 3-2 loss, Archer reiterated remarks made earlier this year by teammate David Price that the Boston slugger thinks he is bigger than the game.

“Do I regret saying the truth? No,” Archer said. “Agitated is not right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”

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