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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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David Ortiz slammed a pair of two-run homers off Brad Mills in the Red Sox's 14-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays on Monday.
The Red Sox opened the game dead last in the AL in runs, but at least temporarily moved up to 10th in the rout. It was Ortiz's third two-homer game of the year, the other two coming back-to-back against the Twins on May 13-14. He's struggled to hit for average lately, but he has 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a 3/9 K/BB ratio in 15 games this month. Jul 21 - 10:09 PM

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David Ortiz had a three-run double in Friday's win over the Astros.

Ortiz only had one hit in five at-bats Friday, but he made it count with his bases-clearing double in the sixth, which capped a five-run rally for Boston. The veteran slugger has knocked in six runs over his past three games and is tied for 10th in the AL with 61 RBI.
Jul 12 - 12:05 AM

David Ortiz finished 4-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

Ortiz had three singles and a double on the day, collecting RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings. He's 7-for-12 with four doubles and three RBI in his last three games, raising his overall line to .261/.361/.494.
Jul 6 - 9:15 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

The veteran slugger will take a seat with A.J. Pierzynski serving as the DH against opposing hurler Miguel Gonzalez. Ortiz will undoubtedly be back in his customary cleanup spot in the lineup against Ubaldo Jimenez in the nightcap.
Jul 5 - 9:45 AM

David Ortiz blasted a three-run homer off Chase Whitley on Sunday, powering the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the Yankees in New York.

The third inning blast off Chase Whitley was his lone hit in five at-bats on the night, but provided the biggest blow in the ballgame. The 38-year-old slugger continues to post impressive power numbers, hitting .246/.346/.478 with 19 homers and 52 RBI on the year.
Jun 30 - 12:20 AM

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

Ortiz finished with three RBI. Big Papi hasn't been the offensive menace of years past in 2014, but it's hard to argue with a 38-year-old putting up a .256/.357/.484 slash line with 18 homers (fifth in the American League). Ortiz is on pace for 37 homers and 100 RBI, numbers no owner would have turned down in the spring.
Jun 26 - 1:03 AM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Thursday.

It's just a breather for Ortiz, who is 10-for-55 in his career versus A's starter Scott Kazmir. A.J. Pierzynski is in the DH spot for the Sox Thursday.
Jun 19 - 6:11 PM

David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers off Casey Fein in the bottom of the 10th to give the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Fein was trying to close it out for the Twins with Glen Perkins out due to a sore back, but it wasn't meant to be. Ortiz's shot with one out barely squeezed in past the Pesky Pole in right field, and Napoli then went straight out to center to win it. It was Ortiz's 16th homer of the year. He's not hitting singles or doubles of late, mostly because he keeps putting balls right into the teeth of the shift, but his power hasn't gone anywhere.
Jun 18 - 4:49 PM

David Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Indians.

Ortiz belted home run number 15 in the fifth inning off of Josh Tomlin, putting his team up 3-0 at the time. The DH's numbers are down compared to recent seasons, but he still owns a respectable .252/.354/.483 slash line with 40 RBI on the season.
Jun 12 - 10:27 PM

David Ortiz blasted a game-winning three-run homer off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth inning on Sunday, powering the Red Sox to a 5-3 win.

The Red Sox entered the ninth inning trailing 3-2, but got a leadoff single from Brock Holt and a one-out walk from Dustin Pedroia to set the stage for Ortiz's mammoth blast. It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the evening, but certainly the most important hit of the night. The veteran slugger is now hitting .255/.359/.486 with 14 homers and 38 RBI on the 2014 campaign.
Jun 8 - 11:53 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Ortiz was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup due to a sore right calf, though he did pinch-hit in the game. He's in the DH spot and hitting cleanup Friday.
May 30 - 3:31 PM

David Ortiz was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Braves due to right calf soreness.

Ortiz sat out with the same issue on Saturday. The Red Sox are taking it easy with him given his history, and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Friday. A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the DH and hit cleanup on Thursday.
May 29 - 4:18 PM

David Ortiz swatted a three-run homer and delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly Monday as the Red Sox snapped their 10-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory over the Braves.

Making the start at first base under National League rules, Ortiz tied things up with his three-run homer in the fifth inning and put them ahead with his sacrifice fly in the seventh. The home run was his 12th of the season, but just his first extra-base hit since May 14. Coincidentally, that's also the date of Boston's last victory.
May 26 - 6:50 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

Ortiz didn't start Saturday due to some minor calf soreness, though he did pinch-hit. He's batting .275/.372/.515 with 11 homers and 25 RBI for the Red Sox this season.
May 25 - 11:10 AM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.

It's just a routine day off for the veteran slugger against tough opposing southpaw David Price. Mike Carp will get the start at first base while A.J. Pierzynski serves as the designated hitter for the Red Sox.
May 24 - 12:44 PM

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C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2Mike Carp
3Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Mookie Betts
SS1Stephen Drew
3B1Xander Bogaerts
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Brock Holt
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
2Alex Hassan
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Clay Buchholz
3John Lackey
4Jake Peavy
5Rubby De La Rosa
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Andrew Miller
7Felix Doubront