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Ortiz passes Yaz on home run list

TORONTO -- David Ortiz had struggled mightily over the weekend, going 1-for-11 against the Royals, and blamed the All-Star break for messing up his timing.

But he also predicted after Sunday’s win, “I’m about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August.”

Ortiz brought the heat north of the border Monday, setting the Sox record book on fire in the process.

Ortiz hit a pair of majestic home runs in a 14-1 rout of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. His first on the night and 21st of the season, a two-run shot off Brad Mills into the hitters’ background in dead center field in the fourth inning, tied him with Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 36th on the all-time list. Then he mashed another Mills offering for a two-run home run in the fifth, the 453rd of his career putting him ahead of Yaz.

On this night, Ortiz preferred to let his bat speak for itself.

“Put it down, I’m on my way to Jamaica,” he said as he headed for the door.