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Ortiz returns to big leagues at 40 years old

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TORONTO -- Veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz pitched 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in Toronto's loss against the White Sox. It was his first Major League outing since Sept. 28, 2011.

"The best thing in baseball is when you work hard, a lot of positive things can happen," he said. "I'm 40 [years old] soon, you don't see too many guys my age. I'm so happy. I always thank God, I don't know how many times."

The reliever gave up five hits and a walk, striking out two in his return to the mound. He joked that former teammates are always in shock when they see him.

"I know guys who are coaches and managers in the big leagues [or] the Minor Leagues. When they see me, they say 'Ramon, you're still playing?'"

Steph Rogers is a contributor to MLB.com. Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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