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34 David Ortiz DH
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 11/18/1975 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 19 | Salary: $14,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 93.09
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz suspended one game, will appeal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been suspended one game for bumping an umpire in Sunday's game against the Orioles, the league announced. He has elected to appeal the suspension.

Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's game for arguing balls and strikes, and his contact with the umpire during the confrontation has drawn a one-game suspension. The designated hitter has hit .220/.340/.390 with two home runs and four RBI in 41 at-bats.


Red Sox DH Ortiz has positive matchup Tuesday against Archer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:13 pm ET) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has a favorable matchup Tuesday night against Rays starter Chris Archer. Ortiz owns a .375 lifetime batting average against Archer in 16 at-bats. He also has eight RBI against the right-hander, more than any other player in the majors.

The sight of Archer just might snap Ortiz out of a slump in which he has hit safely in only three of his last eight games, leaving his average at .220.


Red Sox's David Ortiz catches Joe DiMaggio on career RBI list


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz drove in the first run of Boston's 7-1 win over Baltimore on Monday and hit a career milestone. 

Ortiz picked up his fourth RBI of the season and number 1,537 of his career. That moved him into a tie with Joe DiMaggio for 46th place on the career RBI list. He is three RBI away from Hall of Famers Harry Heilmann and Willie Stargell, in 44th place. 

"Very cool," teammate Ryan Hanigan said, per MLB.com. "I congratulated him. He said something like, 'Yeah, that's me getting old.' I said, 'No that's you being the man.' That's an awesome thing. The guy's a Hall of Famer."

Ortiz went 0 for 2 with a walk on Monday.


Current Red Sox have hit Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen hard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has surrendered a .323 batting average to current Red Sox hitters, masnsports.com reports.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected more hits against Chen than anyone in the lefty pitcher's career, going 14 for 27 with a .519/.567/.778 line. Designated hitter David Ortiz is 8 for 21 with a home run, right fielder Shane Victorino is 4 for 10 with a home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 3 for 10 with a home run against Chen. All four are in the starting lineup Monday, as are first baseman Mike Napoli, who's just 3 for 17 against Chen but with two home runs, and catcher Ryan Hanigan, who's 1 for 9 with a home run against the pitcher.

The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz ejected Sunday for arguing strike-three call


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was ejected during Sunday's game against the Orioles after arguing a checked-swing third strike call, reports the Boston Globe.

"The discussion was [about] our disagreement [over] a couple of check swings called today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We didn't feel like on either one he went."

Daniel Nava replaced Ortiz in the DH spot and went 0 for 2.


Red Sox rest David Ortiz with day game following night game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals for just the second time in nine games this season and first time with Boston playing in an AL park. He sat out April 8 since the Red Sox were playing in an NL park and manager John Farrell wanted to start Mike Napoli at first base.

On Wednesday, Farrell said everything is fine with Ortiz. He just wanted to rest the veteran slugger because of a day game after a night game.

Ortiz is batting .222 (6 for 27) with two home runs and three RBI in his last six games.


Red Sox's Ortiz: Mookie Betts is 'going to be a superstar'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts delivered several amazing plays in Monday's 9-4 win over the Nationals, prompting designated hitter David Ortiz to call the young outfielder a future superstar, MLB.com reports.

"He's a kid, an unbelievable athlete," Ortiz said. "It's how hard he works and the way he tries to do something different every day. At that age, as smart as he is, his athleticism and the way he approaches the game, it's a no-doubter that he's going to be a superstar."

Betts robbed Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper of a home run in the top of the first inning. He then drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the first and stole second base and third base on the same play when he noticed the Nationals weren't covering third. He then delivered a three-run home run over the Green Monster in the bottom of the second inning and added an RBI infield single in the bottom of the third.

"That he's just 22 years old, that's the surprising part," said shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is also 22. "He takes advantage of everything you give him, any mistake. I've talked to him a few days. I've seen him go through a few tough days. I told him, 'Don't change anything; just really be yourself.'"

Betts has hit .233/.294/.467 with two home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases in 30 at-bats.


Red Sox's David Ortiz hits homer in win over Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit a home run in Monday afternoon's 9-4 win over the Nationals. 

Ortiz hit the solo home run off of Tanner Roark in the sixth inning. Ortiz had a second RBI in the first, when he hit a single that scored Mookie Betts. Ortiz finished the game 2 for 4. His batting average thus far this season is .185. 


David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup, Mike Napoli on bench


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/9/2015) The Red Sox continue to juggle their lineup for the finale of their interleague series against the Phillies on Thursday, with David Ortiz returning to the lineup after a one-game absence to play first base and Mike Napoli heading to the bench. 

Without the benefit of the DH, both Ortiz and Napoli saw their playing time limited early in the season. Ortiz has never faced Phillies starter David Buchanan as the veteran slugger hunts for his first hit of the season - in fact, only one Boston hitter in the starting lineup, third baseman Pablo Sandoval - has ever faced the young starter.


David Ortiz takes backseat to Mike Napoli in Game 2 at NL park


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz was not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest at Philadelphia. Ortiz played first base on Opening Day, but is taking a backseat to Mike Napoli in the second game of the season at a National League park.

Boston is favored (-140) at Philadelphia, per VegasInsider.com.


Red Sox's David Ortiz to draw start at 1B for Opening Day


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) With the Red Sox opening their season in a National League ballpark, David Ortiz will start at first base for Monday's Opening Day game at Philadelphia, reports WEEI.com.

Ortiz will spend the majority of the season as the team's designated hitter. Ortiz will face left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels on Monday. Ortiz is hitless in three career at-bats against Hamels.

The Phillies are the underdogs against the Red Sox (+105).


David Ortiz to play first base in Opening Day lineup for Red Sox


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) David Ortiz will be slotted at first base for the Red Sox Monday on Opening Day, manager John Farrell said Sunday per the Providence Journal.

Ortiz, who normally serves as the team's designated hitter, will be inserted into the lineup on the road to the Phillies, with Mike Napoli coming off the bench.

"Well, one of the disadvantages that we have is that coming into a National League ballpark, we're built as an American League club, and two of our primary power hitters occupy that same position — first base," Farrell said on Sunday to WEEI.com. "Mike has had a very, very good spring trainng. He's certainly available to us. It’s not like we’re absent of him completely. But both guys will play a significant role in this series."

In his career, Ortiz has a .273/.357/.503 slash line when starting at first base with 48 home runs and 178 RBI.


Ortiz, Napoli return to Red Sox spring lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz (illness) and first baseman Mike Napoli (ankle) returned to the starting spring lineup Thursday against the Twins.

Napoli had been sidelined since March 18, while Ortiz last appeared in a spring game March 16.


Red Sox's Ortiz feeling better, vows to be ready for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz has been out of the spring lineup for more than a week after a dehydration issue led to him becoming sick. Ortiz said the medical staff decided it would be best for him to take some time off.

“Everything just tied up on me and I started feeling sore. I couldn’t run,” he told WEEI.com. “I’ve had it before. The minute I started feeling that way I went to the doctor and they already knew.

“I don’t know why people would criticize. Dehydrating is part of being human. You know how hot it’s been down here? I dehydrate and then I caught a bad cold. So all these symptoms get all your joints tied up, which normally happens. I started feeling soreness, so they shut me down. Now I’m starting to regroup and feel better. I have this thing I’ve got to manage the right way.”

Ortiz is scheduled to make his return to the lineup Thursday against the Twins. He has totaled just 19 plate appearances, but he is not worried about being ready for the start of the season.

“I’ve got to be smart about it. I’m not 20 anymore, and this ball club needs me for the season,” he said. “I see people getting worried about me in spring training and I’m like, ‘What’s going on? I thought the season was more important than spring training.’ But I understand. I get the memo. I know when people don’t see you playing out there, which is something everybody normally does, they start worrying. But everything is going to be fine for the season."


Red Sox DH David Ortiz takes BP, runs the bases


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (illness) took part in batting practice and ran the bases on Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe. He is targeting a return Thursday against the Twins.

Red Sox's Ortiz might get some ABs in minor-league games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz (illness) could get some at-bats in minor-league games before making his return to the spring lineup Thursday against the Twins, according to The Boston Globe.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz might be out until Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who is sidelined due to an illness, will likely sit out until Thursday's spring game against the Twins, according to ESPN. The Red Sox have an off-day Wednesday.

Ortiz, who last played Monday against the Mets, is batting .267 (4 for 15) with one home run, five RBI and two walks in six spring games.


David Ortiz won't play this weekend because of general soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that veteran David Ortiz is not expected to play this weekend due to general soreness, according to WEEI.

Ortiz was initially given a few days of rest after feeling dehydrated following Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Although Farrell revealed that he's dealing with soreness, he reassured that it wasn't related to his lingering problems with his Achilles.

"He's under the weather," Farrell said. "He's dealing with a couple of things. He's going to remain going through overall treatment just getting some of the general soreness out of it. I don't anticipate him in a game over the weekend."

Ortiz is hitting .267/.353/.467 over 15 at-bats this spring.


Red Sox will rest David Ortiz for 'couple of days' with dehydration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that veteran David Ortiz will get a "couple days" of rest after the designated experienced some dehydration after Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, according to the Boston Globe.

"I'm old, man," Ortiz said, per the Boston Herald. "Old men got to take it easy."

Ortiz, who logged only 37 at-bats last spring before cranking out 35 homers, told reporters that "this is the hottest spring training in a while," and that he's not too concerned about missing a few games. He's hitting .267/.353/.467 over 15 at-bats this spring.


Big Papi reverses course on pace-of-play changes: I will follow the rules


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) When Red Sox DH David Ortiz arrived for camp in late February, he expressed his frustration with the new pace-of-play rules in an expletive-filled rant. Ortiz was also quoted as saying he would not change his game to adhere to the new rules.

Well, the veteran slugger appears to have changed course over the last few weeks because after Thursday's spring game against the Pirates, Ortiz said he will follow the new rules about staying in the batter's box following called balls or strikes.

"No, I’m a trooper man," Ortiz said, per The Boston Herald. "I do what they say. I don’t know why people keep making a big deal about it because regardless, it doesn’t matter what I say, I have to follow the rules.

"I don’t want to get myself in trouble. But that wasn’t what got me going. At one time what got me going was every time we talk about timing during the game, we pick on the hitters. It wasn’t the rules though."


Big Papi working at 1B in prep for season-opening series in NL park


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz is working at first base early in spring training in an effort to be prepared for the season-opening series at Philadelphia.

“We don’t want to not cover that and limit his availability to us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. “So three games in Philly in the National League, there’s going to be some time at first base.”

Ortiz, who usually plays less than 10 games per season at first base, hasn't made an error since 2009.

“It's something I'm not really thinking about right now,” Ortiz said. “All I'm worrying about now is timing and hitting. First base is something I do occasionally. Mike Napoli's our first baseman. We all know he's getting ready to play first base. Me in my case, it's just a few times. The basic thing that I do when I play first base, everyone knows, that's why you see me out there a few days doing drills but it's nothing we have to worry about.”


Big Papi not happy with new rules: 'I'm not going to change my game'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) As Major League Baseball looks to speed up the pace of play, there will surely be some detractors as the changes go into effect. Well, count Red Sox star slugger David Ortiz among the players not happy with some of the rule changes.

The nine-time All-Star expressed his disgust Wednesday when reporters asked him about the new rules, particularly the rules that hitters must keep one foot in the batter's box (except after swinging strikes), and hitters and pitchers must be ready to play right after television commercial breaks.

"It seems like every rule just goes in the pitcher's favor," Ortiz said, per the Boston Herald. "When you come out of the box, you're thinking about what the (pitcher) is trying to do. When you see guys come out of the box, they're not doing it just to do it. Our minds are spinning. I see one pitch, I come out and I think what is this guy going to do on the next pitch. If you force a hitter to do that, 70 percent you are out, because you have no time to think.

"I don't know how this baseball game is going to end up. No matter what you do, the game is not going to speed up."

Players that violate the new rules could be subject to fines. It appears Ortiz better keep his checkbook handy.

"I might run out of money. I'm not going to change my game," he said. "This game has been going on for over 100 years. It's the nature of the game. I don't care who you are, you're not going to change."


Red Sox GM: David Ortiz will be in Boston as long as he wants


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is getting near the end of his career. However, the 39-year-old designated hitter is signed for $16 million this year and has a team option for 2016 and '17 worth $10 million, according to WEEI.com. 

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is planning to leave it up to Ortiz to decide what he wants.

"I think David knows he's going to be a Red Sox for as long as he wants to be a Red Sox," Cherington said. "There's been no discussion on it recently, honestly. We're just happy he’s here. He’s a huge part of what we’re doing on the field, still. Given his stature and his personality, I know he means a lot to people off the field, too. He’s part of the Red Sox legacy. He's part of Boston pro sports legacy. But he’s also our DH and he hits in the middle of our lineup and that's what we're focused on. We’re happy to keep him there as long as he can keep doing it but there hasn’t been any conversation other than that."

Ortiz hit 35 home runs and 104 RBI in 2014 with a .263 average. Cherington does not know how long Ortiz wants to play.

"I can't answer that question," Cherington said. "That's a decision he's going to make. He certainly looks like a guy that can keep hitting. I think he wants to win. I think he probably has some personal goals, too. Motivated by both of those things. I don’t know. It hasn’t been a topic this winter or spring. I’m sure at some point it’ll be a topic for him. But right now, he’s here and he’s getting ready for the season."


Red Sox not concerned with David Ortiz's wrist injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been receiving treatment on his injured left wrist, according to MassLive.com.

Ortiz missed the final five games of the season with the injury.Though it's the same wrist Ortiz had surgery on in 2008, general manager Ben Cherington said the team is not concerned with the issue.

"It should resolve itself over the course of the offseason," Cherington said.


David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and third baseball Will Middlebrooks are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.