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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Ortiz sets all-time hits record for DHs

By Adam Lewis, Special to ESPNBoston.com

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.

Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter.

Ortiz has shredded Seattle pitching the past three games, going 8-for-9 and boosting his batting average from .313 to .332 after his home run. He has reached base in 20 of his past 21 games while hitting .419 (31-for-74) with nine doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs.

Ortiz, elected to start in next week's All-Star Game, entered Wednesday's game with 62 RBIs and a 1.032 OPS on the season.

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