Ortiz isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. It's a scheduled day off for Ortiz, who will cede DH duties to Hanley Ramirez for the afternoon, while Travis Shaw takes over at first base. Ortiz should be back in action Monday, when the Red Sox open up a series with the Tigers.
Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, double, two RBI, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 loss to the Twins. The veteran slugger was consistently on the basepaths, and put together his second three-hit day in the last three games. Ortiz also posted his third multi-RBI game over his last five contests, and is slashing .317/.392/.667 over 63 at-bats in July.
Ortiz went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI against the Twins on Thursday. Apparently, this guy is 40 years old and about to retire, not a 27-year-old superstar in his prime. You wouldn't know it from the stat line, as Ortiz is carrying a 1.096 OPS -- the highest mark of his career. Every year, he comes too cheap in fantasy drafts, and every year, he pays off the owners who dish out the extra buck to acquire him. Maybe he shouldn't retire so soon.
Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Giants. Ortiz had entered the game without an extra-base hit in 10 career at-bats against his former teammate Jake Peavy, but his fourth-inning blast ended that and secured the 4-0 victory. Ortiz's 23rd homer of the season, and 526th of his career, sailed well over the right-field bullpen and several rows deep into the stands, and gave him 75 RBI on the year. He's on pact to launch 40-plus home runs and 130-plus RBI, a feat Ortiz hasn't accomplished since 2006.
Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Rays. The ageless slugger took Chris Archer deep in the fourth inning for his second homer in as many nights and third overall in July. Ortiz also has a five-game hitting streak, and has already collected seven RBI over 27 at-bats in the new month.
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