Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz slammed two home runs in Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Twins to move into sole possession of third place on his franchise's all-time home runs list. Per NESN.com, Ortiz's 383rd and 384th home runs with the Red Sox moved him past Hall of Famer Jim Rice, who hit 382 career homers, all as a member of the Red Sox.
Ortiz also hit two home runs against the Twins on Tuesday to move into a tie with Rice. In the first two games of this week's series at Minnesota's Target Field, Ortiz piled up seven hits in 10 at-bats, with four dingers, five runs and six RBI. He did come back down to Earth in Thursday's series finale, notching a lone single in four at-bats.
Ortiz doubled to deep right in the first inning of Wednesday's game and later scored on Grady Sizemore's double to center. In the third inning, Ortiz hit his first home run of the night on a 1-0 pitch from right-hander Kevin Correia, breaking the tie with Rice. Ortiz then hit his second home run of the evening in his next at-bat, leading off the fifth inning with a solo blast to extend Boston's lead to 6-1 in an eventual 9-4 victory.
Prior to Ortiz moving into third place, the top three players on the franchise home-run list were all MLB Hall of Fame inductees. Rice is now fourth on the list (382), while Carl Yastrzemski is second (452), and the great Ted Williams sits atop the leaderboard with 521 round-trippers.
Ortiz—who was with the Twins from 1997-2001 when the team still played in the Metrodome—would make for an excellent choice in the Home Run Derby, which will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jul. 14. Ortiz hit 58 homers with Minnesota and has 442 total in his career, good enough for 39th place (tied with Dave Kingman) on the all-time list.
Following his huge series, the slugging DH has nine home runs, 22 RBI and a .509 batting average in just 14 games at the Twins' home park. As much as Ortiz may like hitting in the stadium, it doesn't hurt that he gets to face the woeful Minnesota pitching staff every time he visits.