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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%: 96/83 | Average Draft Position: 93.24
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz goes 3-for-3 in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) David Ortiz has not hit well against left-handed pitching this year, but he delivered a strong performance against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the Red Sox's 8-2 win on Thursday. 

Ortiz was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs to pace Boston's offensive attack. He drove in a run with a first-inning double and added another on a fifth-inning single, both of which came off Sale. The veteran DH now has 58 RBIs on the season. 

Ortiz entered the game hitting just .162 with 12 RBIs off left-handed pitchers this season. 


Red Sox DH David Ortiz explodes for seven RBI in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) One night after taking the verbal wrath of John Farrell for lack of hustle, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz spent much of Sunday evening trotting around the bases.

Ortiz slammed two home runs and drove in a career-high seven to key a rout of Detroit. He pounded three-run blasts in the fifth and seventh innings.

That wasn't all. He also singled twice, driving in a run with one of them in the sixth, and scored three runs.

He has nine RBI over the last three games and 19 homers on the season. He has also peaked on the season with a .468 slugging percentage.


Farrell calls out Red Sox DH David Ortiz for lack of hustle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2015) John Farrell has criticized Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for not hustling to first base on a comebacker in the sixth inning of a Saturday defeat to Detroit.

"You're looking for consistent effort all the way down the line," Farrell told the Boston Herald. "That wasn't the case."

The ball was misplayed by Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon, making Ortiz look bad when he was thrown out.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz set to sit Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is set to sit Friday against visiting Detroit. It is a scheduled day off, per the Boston Herald.

Ortiz is 10-for-29 with two home runs lifetime against scheduled Tigers starter Justin Verlander and has had five two-hit efforts in his last 10 games overall.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz homers, doubles in loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a nice night at the plate in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Astros. Ortiz hit an RBI double in the first inning, and then belted a solo home run--his 17th of the year--in the eighth inning.

The two-hit performance gives Ortiz a .297 batting average over his last 10 games. He has three home runs and six RBI over that stretch.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz hits 16th home run of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Angels.

Overall, Ortiz went 3 for 8 with three strikeouts in the two games.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz returns to the lineup on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is indeed back in the lineup for Friday's contest against the Angels. Ortiz will serve as the designated hitter and bat third in the order.

Ortiz was forced to miss the final game of the first half with an illness, but he reported improvement over the All-Star break. 


Red Sox's David Ortiz is feeling healthy, will return to DH role


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) David Ortiz will return to the designated hitter role once the Red Sox resume play after the All-Star break, per the Boston Herald.

Ortiz missed the last game before the All-Star break because of issues with upper respiratory symptoms, but it was rumored that he could have missed the game because he was scheduled to play at first base that day, a position he has come on the record saying he doesn't prefer to play on a regular basis.

“Do you think I want to miss a big game against the Yankees? I have actually played games sick, but not that sick,” Ortiz said Thursday, per WEEI.com. “I was pretty bad that day. Pretty bad. I started feeling better the next day.

“It was just one of those flus there was nothing you could do about it. You just have to deal with it.”

Ortiz is hitting .231 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI in 294 at-bats this season.


Red Sox's Larry Lucchino fires back at media, backs David Ortiz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) After Red Sox DH David Ortiz missed the last game before the All-Star break due to upper respiratory symptoms, there was some chatter among the media as the true cause for Ortiz's absence since it was a day he was likely to play first base, which the veteran slugger has said he doesn't prefer to do on a regular basis.

Well, one person who was not happy with what was being discussed in the media regarding the situation was Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, who came to Ortiz's defense.

“I think it’s a tempest in a teapot. I think it’s ridiculous to be questioning David Ortiz‘s integrity and commitment to this team,” he told WEEI on Thursday. “He’s not only earned that respect over the years, he’s also a team leader. I think it’s ludicrous for the sports media to jump to those negative conclusions.

“He said he didn’t want to play first with great regularity. He didn’t say not that he didn’t want to, not that he didn’t think his body would hold up if that were required -- he did go out there for a couple of games at first base when we needed him.”


David Ortiz not in Red Sox lineup due to illness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Ortiz is reportedly battling an "upper respiratory" problem. 

Left fielder Hanley Ramirez moves to DH to replace Ortiz, and Alejandro De Aza will replace him in left. 


Red Sox 1B David Ortiz slams 15th home run of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz hit his 15th home run of the season during his team's 6-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Ortiz went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI. He hit a two-run blast off Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler in the third inning.

With the multi-hit performance, Ortiz snapped a 0-for-8 streak at the plate during the three games before Wednesday.


Red Sox's David Ortiz would rather not play at first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Red Sox DH David Ortiz started at first base Wednesday against the Marlins for the second time in three games and the fifth time this season.

His first three starts at first base came in NL parks and the last two have been at home. Ortiz, who is usually starting at DH, hopes the recent trend of starting at first base in AL parks does not continue.

“To play defense you have to prepare yourself," he said, per WEEI.com. "I don’t know how this is going to go. I don’t know how this is going to play out. Tomorrow we have a day off and I agreed to play first base today. But if they plan on putting me out there more I have to sit down and talk to them about it because I don’t want to be playing out there, not being prepared to play out there, and now all of a sudden I end up getting injured and I lose it all. I have to sit down and talk to them to see what their plan is and go from there because I’m not a first baseman overall.”


Red Sox start David Ortiz at first base Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will receive a rare start at first base during Sunday's game against the Astros, reports NESN.

Ortiz will play first base and bat fourth during Sunday's contest. Over his last 12 games, Ortiz is hitting .200 with four home runs and 10 RBI.

The Red Sox are favored (-110) over the Astros on Sunday.


David Ortiz drives in two runs for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) 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.