David Ortiz Sets Record For Hits By DH
SEATTLE — David Ortiz didn’t wait long Wednesday to notch his 1,689th hit as a designated hitter and surpass Harold Baines for the all-time lead at a position that the American League adopted in 1973.
In the second inning, Ortiz took a 3-1 offering from Mariners starter Aaron Harang and lined a double into left-center field. Ortiz received an extended standing ovation from the Seattle and Boston fans scattered around Safeco Field and eventually came around to score.
He followed in the third inning with a long two-run home run, his 19th of the season.
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