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Ortiz is on fire, Sox host O’s

Ortiz is on fire, Sox host O’s


imageANOTHER CENTURY: David Ortiz drove in 2 runs with a homer in the 1st inning last night and now ranks 6th in the AL with 101 RBI…He crossed the 100 RBI plateau for the 9th time in his career, all as a Red Sox, tying Ted Williams for the most in 100-RBI seasons in team history.
· Ortiz, who also ranks T-6th in the AL with 36 HR, his highest single-season homer total since hitting a club-record 54 long balls in 2006…This is his 6th career season with at least 35 HR and 100 RBI, passing Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez (both 5) for the most in Red Sox history.
· Ortiz also has extended his club record with a 9th career 30-HR/100-RBI campaign (Ted Williams is 2nd with 7)…He joins Babe Ruth (12 times with NYY) and Lou Gehrig (10 times with NYY) as the only players to reach at least 30 HR and 100 RBI in as many as 9 different seasons for a single American League team.

LONG DIVISION: Dustin Pedroia has reached base safely in each of his last 34 games against teams in the AL East, a stretch that began on 4/24 (.317 AVG, 44-for-139, 7 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, HBP, 16 BB, .389 OBP).
· Pedroia’s 34 games mark the longest on-base streak by a Red Sox against divisional foes since Manny Ramirez did it in 35 games from 9/9/01-7/11/02…It is the longest divisional on-base streak for a Red Sox in a single season since Wade Boggs did it in 45 games against the AL East from 4/8-8/27/85 (Source: Elias).

BETTS IS ON: Mookie Betts has reached base safely in a career-high 27 consecutive games dating back to 8/24 (.377 AVG, 43-for-114, 9 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 9 BB, HBP, .424 OBP)…It is the longest on-base streak by a Red Sox since Mike Napoli reached in 33 straight games, 4/4-5/14/14.
· Betts’ 26-game stretch is the 2nd-longest active on-base streak in the AL behind MIN’s Joe Mauer, who enters today having reached in 43 consecutive games.

 

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