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Papi wastes little time in setting DH hits record

Red Sox slugger belts second-inning double vs. Mariners to pass Baines

SEATTLE -- David Ortiz was only tied with Harold Baines for the most hits by a designated hitter for as long as it took him to get another at-bat.

After slapping a single for his 1,688th hit as a DH in his last at-bat of Boston's 11-8 win on Tuesday, Ortiz hit a second-inning double in Wednesday's 11-4 rout to take sole possession of the record.

Ortiz tipped his helmet from second base to the crowd of 20,480, who gave him a rousing ovation.

The 10 players with the most hits as a designated hitter:
1. David Ortiz 1997- 1,690
2. Harold Baines 1980-2001 1,688
3. Edgar Martinez 1987-2004 1,607
4. Hal McRae 1974-87 1,526
5. Paul Molitor 1978-98 1,456
6. Frank Thomas 1990-2008 1,288
7. Don Baylor 1974-88 1,210
8. Chili Davis 1988-99 1,175
9. Travis Hafner 2002- 1,035
10. Jose Canseco 1986-2001 853

"It's great, man. I mean the fans, they look forward to that," Ortiz said. "They look forward to watching a guy breaking records and getting to certain levels."

Ortiz demurred when asked about the personal importance of breaking the record, but the slugger admitted that someday he will take the time to reflect on it.

"At some point I will, at some point you sit down and look at your career and appreciate everything that happens," Ortiz said.

Entering the four-game series with Seattle, it was unknown if Ortiz would get the seven hits he needed to break the record. It soon became apparent that the record was destined to fall at Safeco Field. The All-Star has been locked in against the Mariners, getting a hit in eight of his first nine plate appearances in the series. For good measure, Ortiz tacked on a two-run homer in the third inning.

"David obviously sets the record then he comes up with a two-run homer to give us a little bit more breathing room," said manager John Farrell.

Such streaks are commonplace for the feared slugger. Since the beginning of 2012, the 37-year old Ortiz ranks only behind Miguel Cabrera in on-base plus slugging percentage, entering Wednesday's game at 1.047.

"He goes out there every day and he's so consistent you almost expect [the production]," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "You feel bad whenever he goes 0-for-4, and you're like, 'Come on, man. Are you kidding me?' That's how good he has been."

Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for
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