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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
Contract: view contract details

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David Ortiz continued to rake Thursday, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies.
Ortiz was basically the only Red Sox hitter able to get something going against Rockies starter Jon Gray, taking the youngster deep for the two-run jack in the first inning. The home run was his 12th of the season to go with a whopping 45 RBI, most in the AL, and 24 runs scored. He's doubled in five consecutive games, and the good stretch has the 40-year-old's season line up to a ridiculous .337/.420/.706. May 26 - 10:39 PM

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David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Ortiz plated a pair of runs with a single in the first inning and added two more RBI with a double in the fourth. Big Papi now has 41 RBI on the season, which leads all of baseball, and he's put up a blistering .333/.413/.686 batting line. Have we mentioned that Ortiz is 40 years old?
May 24 - 11:20 PM

David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Ortiz came through with an RBI single against Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning. The aged slugger has been nothing short of fantastic in 2016, slashing .324/.404/.676 with 10 homers and 34 RBI over 136 at-bats. Both his batting average and slugging percentage would stand as career highs if the season ended today. Simply remarkable work by the 40-year-old.
May 18 - 5:03 PM

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

They're just giving the slugger a day off. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot, Travis Shaw is at first base and Josh Rutledge is at third.
May 15 - 10:14 AM

David Ortiz carried the Red Sox to a wild come-from-behind win over Houston on Saturday, winning the game with a walk-off double in the 11th inning.

Ortiz is having a magical last season. He erupted again on Saturday, first with a 429-foot moon shot off Collin McHugh and again later with a game-tying triple in the ninth inning. That was Ortiz's first triple in three years. Hanley Ramirez stranded him at third base by inexplicably bunting with two outs but Ortiz completed the comeback two innings later by hammering a Michael Feliz changeup into the triangle in straightaway center field. Ortiz now has 20 career walk-off hits. Through 34 games, the 40-year-old boasts an incredible .320/.405/.695 slash line with 10 round-trippers and a major-league-leading 33 RBI.
May 14 - 6:14 PM

David Ortiz is getting the day off Tuesday against the Athletics.

It's just a routine day off for the veteran slugger. Hanley Ramirez will serve as the DH Tuesday while Travis Shaw plays first base and Josh Rutledge gets a start at third.
May 10 - 3:07 PM

David Ortiz clubbed a pair of solo home runs off Luis Severino on Sunday night, powering the Red Sox to a victory over the Yankees in New York.

The second blast that Ortiz hit gave him 453 home runs as a member of the Red Sox, passing Carl Yastrzemski for second place in club history. The 40-year-old slugger has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down this season, slashing .308/.393/.673 with nine homers and 27 RBI.
May 8 - 10:42 PM

David Ortiz hit his seventh homer Friday and then was ejected in the ninth inning against the Yankees.

Ortiz was justified in being upset; he could have had two game-tying bases-loaded walks against Andrew Miller in the ninth, but Ron Kulpa denied him twice. The first was a borderline strike, but it crossed the catcher up and was caught about two feet out the strike zone. The second wasn't even borderline; it was a good six inches too low. Still, as upset as Ortiz got about the strikes, a brief suspension is a possibility.
May 6 - 10:40 PM

David Ortiz had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Red Sox's 5-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Ortiz's 1.037 OPS ranks third in the American League, trailing only Manny Machado at 1.083 and Jose Altuve at 1.038. The rest of the AL is going to be awfully happy to see him retire if he keeps this up.
May 4 - 11:32 PM

David Ortiz homered for his second time in as many games, ultimately going 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

He may be 40 years old and poised to retire, but Ortiz continues to rake with a .321/.418/.654 slash line in 91 plate appearances. A ludicrous 16 of his 25 hits have now gone for extra-bases, including his solo home run off Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning. It marked his fifth homer of the season. He only had six through the end of May a year ago. It's been quite the retirement tour thus far.
Apr 30 - 11:01 PM

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night.

Ortiz took a first-pitch curveball from Dellin Betances and launched it over the Green Monster to give Boston the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The veteran slugger was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Betances before the go-ahead blast. Ortiz is now up to 507 home runs for his career and is batting .297/.395/.568 with three home runs and 16 RBI through 21 games in his farewell season.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Back in the lineup after sitting out two games in NL parks, David Ortiz doubled three times and drove in two runs Wednesday.

Lots of older sluggers lose doubles more so than homers as they age, but that certainly hasn't happened to Ortiz; he finished with 37 doubles last year and is up to 11 already in 2016. Of course, Fenway and the Green Monster help some there. Tonight's game was the third of his career with three doubles, the others coming in 2011 and 2015.
Apr 27 - 11:58 PM

David Ortiz will also likely be on the bench for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

The Red Sox don't have the luxury of the DH spot under National League rules, so Ortiz will have to function as a bench bat during the series. The veteran slugger will return to the starting lineup when the series shifts to Fenway Park on Wednesday.
Apr 25 - 6:43 PM

David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup on Monday night in Atlanta.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Josh Rutledge will handle the hot corner in a game played under National League rules. Ortiz is available off the bench.
Apr 25 - 3:55 PM

David Ortiz is sitting Monday against the Blue Jays.

It's the annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park, and Ortiz will be on the bench for the early 11:05 a.m. ET first pitch. Hanley Ramirez is serving as Boston's designated hitter and Travis Shaw will start at first base.
Apr 18 - 8:49 AM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Ryan Hanigan
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Travis Shaw
2Pablo Sandoval
LF1Brock Holt
2Chris Young
3Blake Swihart
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Clay Buchholz
3Rick Porcello
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Koji Uehara
3Carson Smith
4Junichi Tazawa
5Robbie Ross
6Tommy Layne
7Matt Barnes
8Heath Hembree
9Noe Ramirez
10Brandon Workman