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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%: 91/71 | Average Draft Position: 93.29
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David Ortiz drives in two runs for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 2 for 3 with two walks in Friday's loss to Houston. 

Ortiz doubled, his 13th of the year and drove in two runs. Ortiz has five RBI in the last two games. He's hit in his last four. 

Ortiz hit his first double since June 6. He's hit eight home runs since then. 


Red Sox DH David Ortiz blasts three-run home run on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 1 for 5 in Thursday's 12-6 win over the Blue Jays. The one hit was a three-run home run, his 14th dinger of the season. The blast got the scoring started for the Red Sox, who put up an eight-run first inning on Thursday.

Ortiz has now homered eight times in his last 21 games. Despite the power surge, Ortiz is still batting just .179 over his last 10 contests.


David Ortiz homers for second time in three days for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit a home run for the second time in three days in Tuesday's win over Toronto. 

Ortiz hit his 13th homer of the year and fourth in the last nine games. Four of his last seven hits have been home runs. 

Ortiz went 1 for 4 and drove in his 36th run.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz slams 12th home run of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz got himself out of a mini-slump with his performance in his team's win over the Rays on Sunday.

Ortiz, who was hitting .158 in the five games leading up to Sunday, went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI. He hit a two-run blast off Rays starter Chris Archer in the fourth inning to put his team up 4-0.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz goes yard in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz rocketed his 11th home run of the season in Wednesday night's 5-1 win over the Orioles. 

Ortiz hit his home run, a two-run bomb, in the sixth inning off of Bud Norris. He finished the game 1 for 4 and struck out in one of his at-bats. Ortiz is hitting .272 over his past 10 games. He has a .232/.319/.419 slash line for the year. 


Red Sox DH David Ortiz homers, records two RBI in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slammed his 10th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Ortiz went 2 for 4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI. He hit a solo blast off Royals starter Chris Young in the top of the fourth inning.

Over his last 12 games, Ortiz is hitting .317 with four home runs, eight walks and 10 RBI.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz ejected in seventh inning on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was ejected from Saturday's game in the seventh inning. Ortiz argued a strike call during his at-bat, and then later singled. But he flipped the bat in front of home-plate umpire Bruce Dreckman, who tossed Ortiz from the game

"All I've got to say is that ... this situation between players and umpires is getting to a ridiculous point," Ortiz said, per MLB.com. "Because it seems to me it's more of a feeling than a reality. I'm an 18-year veteran with this league, and when I was coming up, it seemed like they used to respect you because of that. But it seems like it doesn't work that way anymore."

Ortiz was 1 for 3 before leaving the game. 


Big Papi says there's 'no chance' he will be traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) It has not been a banner year for David Ortiz or the Red Sox in 2015.

Heading into Friday's game against the Royals, the Red Sox are 10 games under .500 and nine games back in the AL East. Ortiz is batting just .231 with a .407 slugging percentage, which are well below his career averages (.283, .543).

With Ortiz at the tail end of his career, there could be some temptation for the veteran slugger to seek a trade, if the Red Sox continue to fall out of playoff contention. However, Ortiz wants to make it clear he has no intentions of leaving Boston.

“No chance,” Ortiz told the Boston Globe on Thursday. “This is the team I’ll be with the rest of my career.”

Ortiz can refuse any trade because he has 10/5 rights, which means he has spent 10 seasons in the majors and at least five with his current team. 

“I couldn’t do that to my family,” Ortiz said. “I couldn’t just go to another team and fit in after all of these years. I want to be here.”


Napoli, Ortiz to split starts at 1B during series at Atlanta


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be in the starting lineup at first base for Thursday's game at Atlanta, manager John Farrell told WEEI. As for Wednesday's series opener with the Braves, Ortiz will be on the bench as Mike Napoli draws the start at first base.

Napoli heads into Wednesday's game mired in a 3-for-28 slump. Ortiz is headed in the other direction, as he has hit safely in seven straight games. He also is batting .290 with one double, three home runs and nine RBI in his last nine games.


David Ortiz hits in seventh straight for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 1 for 3 with a walk in Tuesday's win over Atlanta. 

Ortiz hit in his seventh straight game. He's hitting .320 with 1.216 OPS over his streak. 


Red Sox's David Ortiz ties Willie Stargell, Stan Musial on HR list


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his 475th career home run on Sunday. The three-run shot in the fifth inning tied Ortiz with Hall of Famers Willie Stargell and Stan Musial at 29th on the all-time career list. 

"He is much more free," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com. "Today against Estrada, he gets a fastball up in the zone that he hits out of the ballpark. He is on some pitches much more consistently here."

Next on the career list are Fred McGriff and Lou Gehrig, with 493. 

Ortiz went 1 for 2 with two walks. He has nine homers and 28 RBI on the year. 


Red Sox DH David Ortiz slams eighth home run of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slugged his eighth home run of the season on Saturday aginst the Blue Jays.

Ortiz went 1 for 4 with the solo home run and a walk. 

Ortiz is hitting .226 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 208 at-bats this season.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz slugs seventh homer of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) With a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reduced his team's deficit to one, but it wasn't enough as they fell 6-5 to the Orioles on Thursday.

Ortiz went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI. His solo shot was his seventh long-ball of the season and his first since May 19.

Ortiz is hitting .220 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 200 at-bats this season.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz sits against a lefty again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz was held out of the starting lineup for the second time in five games with a left-hander on the hill Wednesday for the Orioles. Hanley Ramirez filled in at DH on Wednesday.

“Right now, it’s temporary because when David’s right, it doesn’t matter who’s on the mound, left-handed, right-handed,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI.com. “He’s got a long track record of handling both. We also know that there’s been stretches within his career where lefties have had more success against him, so for the time being, until we get things worked out, this is the way we’re going to go.”

Ortiz continues to struggle offensively, as he is batting .219 through 52 games. He has been particularly bad against lefties in 2015, batting .114 (8 for 70) in 33 games.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz: 'I'm not washed up'


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/8/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been mired in a season-long skid, slashing just .219.298/.375 with six homers this year, raising questions if the veteran has finally run out of gas in his long and storied career. 

But Ortiz bristles at those thoughts, per WEEI, saying he's still got a lot in the tank and that he's looking to contribute to a Red Sox rally from a slow start.

"I'm not washed up," he said. "I guarantee you that. I can wake up and hit, bro. That’s my nature. I'm not washed up."


Red Sox DH David Ortiz sitting Friday against Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is set to sit Friday night against Oakland southpaw Scott Kazmir.

Ortiz is batting .207 (12-for-58) against Kazmir lifetime. No other major league hitter has as many at-bats against Kazmir.

He is far worse this year against all lefties. Ortiz is batting a mere .119 (8-for-67) against left-handers and owns an uncharacteristically bad slash line overall of .220/.300/.376.


Red Sox veteran David Ortiz: I don't have timetable for retirement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Off to a slow start in 2015, veteran Red Sox slugger David Ortiz cannot ignore the retirement whispers that seem to be getting louder and louder.

The 39-year-old Ortiz, who has team options in his contract for the next two seasons, understands the chatter, but retiring isn't on the top of his mind amid his offensive struggles.

"What can I tell you, man?" Ortiz said, per ESPN.com. "A lot of people looked at me like that [six] years ago, and here I am still. I don't have no timetable for [retirement]. I don't think anybody has it, either.

"If it happens, who cares, man, I'm just another player that comes in and comes out. Everybody's time is up at some point. I don't think that's my problem, though. I'll keep on trying like I normally do."

Red Sox owner John Henry talked Tuesday about realistic expectations for the veteran slugger as his career winds down, but continues to show support for Ortiz, who has won three World Series titles with Boston.

"The guy is, he's the best hitter I've seen for the Red Sox for a long time," Henry said. "He's not in his prime and he's not going to hit 50 home runs. But is he going to hit 30? It doesn't look like it this year. Is he getting older? Yes. But I don't think any of us know [when it ends].

"I talked to him yesterday. He's upbeat about his swing. We can talk about David, but we've got nine guys batting every day and we've had some terrible at-bats. Our approach has been suspect. But I think we have the right hitting coach, we have the right hitters, I think they'll get it together. We'll see."


Red Sox DH David Ortiz back in action Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) John Farrell was good on his word - he has put Red Sox aging slugger David Ortiz back in the lineup for the Saturday night game against Texas.

Ortiz was benched for the last two games to work on his swing. He is hoping to rebound from 1-for-20 and 3-for-31 slides.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz will probably start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) John Farrell has all but assured that Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will be ready to roll Saturday against Texas.

"Everything points to he will be in the lineup," Farrell told MLB.com.

Farrell made that declaration Friday night after Ortiz had been given two games off to get his swing together. He is on a 1-for-20 slide that has dropped his batting average to .216.


Shelved Red Sox DH David Ortiz plans to 'come back and rake'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has the same plan that a guy taking a break doing yard work might have.

"Come back and rake," he said.

Ortiz was referring to his forced time off. John Farrell has benched the designated hitter so he can figure out his swing, which has not been itself lately. His 1-for-20 and 3-for-31 slides that have lowered his batting average to a disturbing .216 motivated the move.

Whether it reaps its intended rewards is another matter.

"Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't," Ortiz told WEEI about the hiatus. "...I've just been thinking too much and overdoing things. Sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn't. I know this ballclub needs me, and now we have a long season ahead. I'm just going to try to pull the best out of this."

That means finding the stroke that has made him a potential Hall of Famer.

"A guy like myself, I always have to be on top of my game because every night I see the best coming out of everyone," he said. "So the minute I walk away from my game, this is exactly what happens. The pitcher be like, 'Just keep that monster down there sleeping. Don't wake him up. Bury him.' So in my case, I've got to figure out how to execute better."


Red Sox's Farrell: David Ortiz to be held out of lineup for a few days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be held of the starting lineup for "a couple of days" to work on his swing, manager John Farrell told WEEI on Thursday.

"Get some extra work done in the cage, try to get him going again before we get him back in the lineup," Farrell said, per WEEI. "I think he’s feeling under the weather as well. As you do with every player, you talk and try to keep up to date with each guy individually and this is a chance to hopefully have him get over that, as well as address some of the things and give him a little bit of a breather."

Earlier Thursday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB Network Radio that Ortiz would likely be held out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Ortiz, who hasn't started just five times in the first 47 games, has been struggling offensively for most of the season. He is mired in a 1-for-20 slump in his last five games and is batting just .171 in his last 18 games, dropping his average from .250 to .216.

Ortiz also has just six home runs and a .377 slugging percentage on the season.


Red Sox's Cherington: David Ortiz likely to get day off Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will likely be held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers to rest, general manager Ben Cherington told MLB Network Radio. If Ortiz is off Thursday, it will be the sixth time in 48 games he has been held out of the starting lineup.

The veteran slugger continues to struggle offensively. He is mired in a 1-for-20 slump in his last five games and is batting just .171 in his last 18 games, dropping his average from .250 to .216.

Ortiz also has just six home runs and a .377 slugging percentage on the season.


Slumping Red Sox slugger David Ortiz dropped to fifth in lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell decided to shake up his lineup Tuesday at Minnesota, as he dropped struggling slugger David Ortiz from the third spot in the lineup to fifth. Ortiz had hit third 38 times and fourth just twice this season prior to Tuesday's game.

"It's happened to me before, and it wasn't as nice as going down to fifth," Ortiz said.

The last time Ortiz hit fifth to start a game was 2012. He has a .300/.382/.550/.933 slash line in 467 career games batting fifth.

Ortiz is hitless in his last three games and is batting .177 over his last 16 games. He has a .221 aaverage and .383 slugging percentage on the season.


Red Sox's John Farrell shuffles lineup before facing Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to shake things up against the Angels, he did just that prior to Saturday's game, per The Boston Herald.

Farrell slotted second baseman Dustin Pedroia into the leadoff spot, inserted his Triple-A call up Rusney Castillo to play centerfield and dropped David Ortiz to the cleanup spot.

Hanley Ramirez, who was nursing his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Friday, is also back in the lineup. Shane Victorino will hit second in the lineup after missing two games with a sore calf.

The Sox (19-23) are currently in fourth place in the American League East Division.


Former hitting coach: David Ortiz can improve against LHP


(5/21/2015) David Ortiz has been here before. Not too long ago, during the 2009 and '10 seasons, the Red Sox slugger endured huge struggles against left-handed pitchers.

Ortiz, who is currently hitting .136 against left-handed pitchers in 44 at-bats, rectified those issues a couple of years ago and his former hitting coach Dave Magadan believes he can do it again.

"If you remember, there was a clamoring of should we release him, is he done," the current Rangers hitting coach said. "There was a lot of talk about that. They were talking about his bat speed and all that. But I remember distinctly telling him, 'David, you take BP with guys throwing 50 mph. If you didn't have bat speed you couldn't hit balls where you do in BP and we're going to look back at this moment and we're going to laugh. We're going to use it to make you better down the line because this is going to make you a better hitter, a better player. As tough as you are, it’s going to make you tougher.' He ended up proving all the doubters wrong."

Ortiz will have to find a remedy against lefties much like he did five years ago.

"It was showing old video. Showing him what he did against left-handers, how he used the field,” Magadan said. "A lot of his troubles back then was that he was using half the field. And it was more trouble with the relievers than it was the starters. Lefty starters he was still getting his hits, but it was the guys coming out of the pen who are paid to get lefties out he had a little too much of a pull approach. Then it was when he started opening up the left side of the field is when he got going."

For the season, Ortiz is hitting .241/.340/.421 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 133 total at-bats.