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Boston's Ortiz breaks DH hit record

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David Ortiz cemented his place as one of the best designated hitters in baseball history Wednesday.

A leadoff double in the second inning was the Boston Red Sox slugger's 1,689th hit as a DH, breaking the all-time record for the position. Ortiz lined a 3-1 pitch from Seattle Mariners pitcher Aaron Harang into the gap in left-center field, breaking a tie for the DH hit record with Harold Baines.

The fans at Seattle's Safeco Field gave Ortiz a standing ovation, and the 37-year-old responded by tipping his helmet and patting his chest.

Ortiz eventually came around to score on the first of two sacrifice flies as Boston took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.

The veteran slugger then added a two-out, two-run homer in the third inning as the Red Sox opened up a 4-0 lead.

Ortiz already held the DH records for the most runs (1,018 through the sixth inning Wednesday), doubles (432), homers (370), extra-base hits (819) and RBIs (1,209).

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