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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter | #34

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1992 / UDFA / SEA
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David Ortiz's 25th homer was a three-run shot off Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday.
Ortiz is the ninth player (eighth different) to hit 25 homers at age 40 or above. Barring something shocking, he'll be the second to get to 30, and he has a good shot of overtaking Darrell Evans' record of 34 from the rabbit ball season of 1987. Jul 26 - 11:14 PM

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David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

It appears to be a routine day of rest. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot, while Travis Shaw is at first base and Aaron Hill is covering third. Mookie Betts (knee) is also sitting out again.
Jul 24 - 11:31 AM

David Ortiz finished 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Ortiz got his runs batted in by way of a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk, proving that he does more than just mash baseballs out of the park. He does plenty of that, too -- he's got 24 home runs, and his 81 RBI are second-most in the AL. We'll continue to sing the praises of Ortiz, who is now hitting .332/.423/.671, until his final game in a Red Sox uniform, it appears.
Jul 24 - 12:56 AM

David Ortiz finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and four RBI in Thursday's win over the Twins.

Papi came through with RBI singles in the first and seventh innings before launching the big fly in the eighth to put a cherry on top of his good evening. The homer was his 24th this year, giving him 79 RBI. He appears intent to end his going away party as strongly as he began it, as Ortiz is now hitting .330/.423/.673 overall. He still leads the league in slugging percentage and OPS while ranking among the league leaders in multiple other categories.
Jul 21 - 10:02 PM

David Ortiz hit a three-run homer off Jake Peavy in the defeat of the Giants on Tuesday.

It was Ortiz's 23rd homer and 58th extra-base hit. He's just five extra-base hits away from breaking Dave Winfield's record for a player over 40. He's never led the AL in OPS or slugging percentage before, but this could be the year.
Jul 19 - 10:32 PM

David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Ortiz capitalized on a Jake Odorizzi mistake in the first inning for a two-run homer, his 22nd of the season. Big Papi might be retiring after the 2016 season, but the numbers he is posting in his twilight years are just as remarkable as those he posted as a younger man -- if not more remarkable. For the season, the veteran slugger is rolling with a .332/.426/.682 triple-slash, the 22 homers and 72 RBI over 292 at-bats.
Jul 10 - 6:48 PM

David Ortiz hit his 21st homer of the season and 524th of his career on Friday.

The 40-year-old may want to reconsider his retirement plans. He is hitting an elite .336/.427/.682 with 21 longballs, 41 runs and 70 RBI. His 1.109 OPS is the best of his career by a wide margin.
Jul 8 - 10:51 PM

David Ortiz hit his 20th homer and drove in three runs as the Red Sox beat the Rangers 11-6 on Wednesday.

Ortiz's 20-homer season is the 14th by a player at least 40 years of age. Only one 40-year-old has gotten to 30; Darrell Evans hit 34 in the rabbit-ball season of 1987.
Jul 7 - 12:33 AM

David Ortiz was voted in as the starting designated hitter for the American League All-Star team, marking the 10th time he has been named to the squad.

He'll be joined in the starting lineup by three of his teammates. Here's how the rest of the starters shake out for the American League: C Salvador Perez, 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B Manny Machado, OF Mike Trout, OF Jackie Bradley Jr. and OF Mookie Betts. It's the first time in the history of the All-Star game that all four starting infielders and the catcher are all 26-years-old or younger. The future of baseball certainly looks bright in the American League.
Jul 5 - 7:21 PM

David Ortiz finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Angels.

Ortiz managed to sneak the ball inside Pesky’s Pole in right field for the 522nd home run of his career. That puts him ahead of Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas for 19th on the all-time list. Quite a group there. The home run was also Ortiz’s 2000th hit as a member of the Red Sox. The 40-year-old slugger is batting a ridiculous .342/.435/.684 through 73 games this season. He continues to go out in style.
Jul 2 - 1:00 AM

David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He's simply receiving a day of rest. The Red Sox have Bryce Brentz in the designated hitter spot and Ryan LaMarre in left field.
Jun 26 - 12:46 PM

David Ortiz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

The veteran slugger will take a seat against left-hander Chris Sale. Hanley Ramirez will fill in at DH while Travis Shaw will play first base and Deven Marrero will play third.

David Ortiz clubbed his 18th home run on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Red Sox to a victory over the visiting Mariners.

His two-run shot off of Hisashi Iwakuma got the Red Sox on the board in the fourth inning, but at that time it only cut their deficit to 7-2. Ortiz also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 1-for-3. The 40-year-old slugger is now hitting an extremely impressive .344/.424/.723with 18 long balls and 59 RBI and showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
Jun 17 - 10:18 PM

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

The solo shot in the ninth inning was a bit of an afterthought in a one-sided game, but it was the 40-year-old's first homer since he homered in two straight games to start the month. He's now got 17 home runs overall, fifth-most in the American League, and his 57 RBI are second-best in the league. He's batting a robust .344/.423/.715 on the year.
Jun 16 - 11:34 PM

David Ortiz won't start Wednesday either.

Boston's two-game series in San Francisco is being played under National League rules -- no DH -- and the Red Sox don't want to risk Ortiz getting injured at first base. He's been one of the most productive hitters in baseball this season at age 40, boasting a .340/.424/.732 batting line with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 51 games.
Jun 7 - 8:09 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Aaron Hill
3Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
4Bryce Brentz
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Michael Martinez
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Rick Porcello
3Drew Pomeranz
4Steven Wright
5Eduardo Rodriguez
6Sean O'Sullivan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Brad Ziegler
3Koji Uehara
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Clay Buchholz
9Joe Kelly
10Carson Smith
11Brandon Workman