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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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David Ortiz hit his 495th career home run, helping the Red Sox eke out a win over the Yankees on Monday.
Ortiz broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning, hitting an opposite-field blast over the Green Monster. He also doubled and walked in his four plate appearances. The DH has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 29 on the season with 80 RBI and a .267/.356/.525 triple-slash line. Aug 31 - 10:57 PM

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David Ortiz slugged his 28th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Mets on Sunday.

Ortiz gave the Red Sox a temporary 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, drilling a Noah Syndergaard offering out to right field at Citi Field. The blast was the 494th of his 19-year career. The DH, playing first base in a National League park, finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. On the season, Ortiz is batting .264/.352/.515 with 28 home runs and 79 RBI.
Aug 30 - 4:15 PM

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

Ortiz didn't start Saturday due to tightness in his left heel, although he did double as a pinch-hitter. The 39-year-old sports a .265/.353/.510 batting line with 27 homers and 77 RBI this season.
Aug 30 - 10:01 AM

David Ortiz (heel) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

Ortiz was removed late from Friday's game against the Mets due to tightness in his left heel. While it's believed to be a minor issue, he'll rest for an extra day to be on the safe side. Travis Shaw is starting at first base and batting fourth for the Red Sox on Saturday.
Aug 29 - 12:31 PM

David Ortiz was forced to leave Friday's game due to tightness in his left heel.

It didn't seem to affect him much on Friday as he clubbed his 27th home run of the season in a victory over the Mets. It's something to watch moving forward though as it could cause the slugger to rest for a day or two here and there. He's having another solid season offensively, slashing .263/.352/.507 with 77 RBI.
Aug 28 - 11:43 PM

David Ortiz is getting a night off Wednesday.

Hanley Ramirez is serving as the Red Sox designated hitter against ace White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Aug 26 - 5:04 PM

David Ortiz homered twice and had three RBI Wednesday but the Red Sox fell to the Marlins.

Papi finished 3-for-3 with a walk in the game, reaching base in all four plate appearances. He hit a solo homer in the second inning and later added a two-run shot in the seventh, his 24th and 25th home runs on the year. The ageless designated hitter is batting .255/.346/.503 with 68 RBI overall.
Aug 12 - 7:41 PM

David Ortiz's option for 2016 vested with his 425th plate appearance on Saturday.

The option is worth a minimum of $11 million and could shoot up to $16 million with plate appearance incentives. Ortiz has a similar vesting option for 2017 if he reaches 425 plate appearances in 2016. The 39-year-old got off to a slow start this season but has rebounded, hitting .247/.338/.485 overall with 23 homers and 65 RBI. He slugged home run No. 489 of his career on Saturday.
Aug 9 - 9:07 AM

David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

Ortiz tried his darnedest to keep the Red Sox alive, but it just wasn't to be. He smacked a solo home run in the sixth off Tigers starter Alfredo Simon to make the score 3-2 Red Sox. Trailing 5-4 an inning later, Ortiz struck gold again with a go-ahead two-run single. This would not be enough, as the Red Sox ultimately fell 7-6. No longer much of an average bat, Ortiz is slashing .247/.338/.485 with 23 homers and 65 RBI in his age-39 season. The power production remains even as the average fades by degrees.
Aug 8 - 10:54 PM

David Ortiz blasted a two-run homer off Daniel Norris on Friday, powering the Red Sox to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.

The towering blast was the 20th career home run for Ortiz at Comerica Park, the most of any visiting player in the park's history. He finished the night 1-for-4 plus a walk and is now hitting .241/.333/.472 with 22 homers and 62 RBI on the season.
Aug 7 - 10:54 PM

David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Ortiz's third-inning RBI double off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi pushed the Red Sox advantage to 3-1, but the boys from Tampa would chip away and ultimately prevail with a 4-3 win, dropping the Sox to a disappointing 47-59. Ortiz is hitting .246/.337/.469 with 20 homers and 59 RBI. The numbers aren't as gaudy as we're accustomed to, but he remains a productive power bat.
Aug 2 - 4:59 PM

Despite facing Chris Sale, David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk Thursday against the White Sox.

All three hits came off Sale. Ortiz has had more success lately, but even so, he entered the game with a .162/.182/.276 line against left-handers this season. His overall average is up to .247, which is the highest it's been since early May.
Jul 30 - 11:14 PM

David Ortiz hit a two-run home run, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Red Sox came out on the losing end of Monday's slugfest with the White Sox.

Ortiz halved the deficit created by Joe Kelly in the first inning with his two-run home run off of John Danks, making it a 4-2 game. It's his seventh home run in the month of July and his 20th on the year along with 56 RBI and a .243/.330/.473 triple-slash line. It didn't seem possible a month ago, but Ortiz has a chance to register the ninth 30-homer season of his 20-year career.
Jul 27 - 11:17 PM

David Ortiz homered twice and drove home a career-high seven runs on Sunday as the Red Sox demolished the Tigers 11-1 at Fenway Park.

The veteran slugger broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth three-run shot off Tigers starter Shane Greene in the fourth inning. He would add an RBI single in the sixth before unloading on a Neftali Feliz fastball in the seventh for his second three-run blast. He finished the night 4-for-5 with three runs scored and seven RBI, raising his season slash to .243/.332/.468 to go with 19 homers and 54 RBI.
Jul 26 - 11:38 PM

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

It's a scheduled day off. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot Friday, with Alejandro De Aza handling left field.
Jul 24 - 4:21 PM

Depth Charts

C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
4Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Jackie Bradley
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Allen Craig
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Jean Machi
3Junichi Tazawa
4Alexi Ogando
5Craig Breslow
6Robbie Ross
7Tommy Layne
8Heath Hembree
9Brandon Workman
10Anthony Varvaro
11Noe Ramirez
12Ryan Cook