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Boston's David Ortiz Continues to Move Up All-Time Home Run Leaderboard
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With a solo shot in the fourth inning of Saturday's 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox moved into a tie with Mike Napoli for the team lead in home runs with three. In doing so, Ortiz is now in a four-way tie with Juan Gonzalez, Paul Konerko and Andruw Jones for 42nd place on the all-time MLB leaderboard with 434 career homers, per the Boston Herald.

Of those homers, 376 have occurred during Big Papi's tenure with the Red Sox, which began when he was signed by the team as a free agent in January of 2003.

The 38-year-old slugger made his MLB debut in 1997 with the Minnesota Twins, with whom Ortiz recorded his first 58 career home runs.

Following a campaign in which he hit 30 regular-season homers and then starred in the team's triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series, Ortiz signed a contract extension with the Red Sox in March that ensures he will remain with the club in 2015, per MLB.com. Moreover, the deal includes a vesting option for 2016 based on Ortiz's plate appearances in 2015, as well as a team option for 2017.

As the 2014 season progresses, Ortiz, who has earned three World Series rings while with the Red Sox, has several other MLB milestones within his reach while he continues to climb the league's all-time home run leaderboard.

Heading into Sunday's contest against the Orioles, Ortiz is 14 games shy of the 2,000 games-played milestone, 62 RBI away from hitting the 1,500 plateau in that category and, of course, 16 homers away from No. 450, a mark that 35 MLB hitters have reached to date.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

 

 

 

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