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David Ortiz Ties Red Sox Record

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David OrtizLeading off the 3rd inning in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox designated hitter, David Ortiz, clubbed his 30th homerun of the season, joining the 30 homerun club for the 8th time in his career. All of those seasons have come with Ortiz wearing a Red Sox uniform, tying him with red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most seasons with 30 homeruns in a Red Sox uniform.

Last season, Ortiz hit exactly 30 big flys in 137 games played last season, but this year Ortiz is on pace to finish with 39 homersthis season, the most he has hit in a single season since he hit a club record 54 homers in 2006.

“He wants to be the guy at the plate in a big situation, and I think everybody wants the same thing. That’s vintage David,” Red Sox pitcher¬†Clay Buchholz¬†said.

Ortiz hit this one off of Angels reliever Cory Rasmus, who entered the game after Angels starter Garrett Richards was stretchered off the field after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury while running to cover the 1st base bag on a grounder.

This homerun was Ortiz’s 461st, and his next one will tie him with Jose Canseco for 34th on the all time homerun list.

Ortiz has become the 13th player in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 30 homeruns over the age of 38. The last player to accomplish that feat was Hall of famer Frank Thomas, who hit 39 in 2006 with the Oakland A’s in 2006.

“He’s an elite hitter. He’s professional in his approach. He doesn’t give at-bats away,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game.

Ortiz has proved once again this season that he is quite possibly the best designated hitter in the game, providing the Red Sox with consistent power in their lineup.

 

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