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Boston’s Ortiz sets record for hits by DH

Ortiz the DH hit king

Boston’s David Ortiz passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball’s career leader in hits by a designated hitter.

Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH when he doubled to left-center field leading off the second inning last night against the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz received a loud ovation from the fans at Safeco Field when the milestone was shown on the video board and tipped his cap in appreciation.

Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBI by a designated hitter. Ortiz entered last night on a roll, hitting .403 at the plate over his previous 20 games.

He had four hits on Tuesday night to tie Baines’s career mark, including two doubles and a home run.

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