David Ortiz sets DH career hits record

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz tips his helmet

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz tips his helmet after hitting a double in the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. With the hit, Ortiz' 1689th in his MLB career, he passed the record held by Harold Baines for the most hits as a designated hitter in major league history. (July 10, 2013) (Credit: AP)

SEATTLE - Boston's David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball's career leader in hits by a designated hitter.

Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH when he doubled to left-center field leading off the second inning Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz received a loud ovation from the fans at Safeco Field when the milestone was shown on the video board and tipped his cap in appreciation.

Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter. Ortiz entered Wednesday night on a roll, hitting .403 at the plate over his previous 20 games. He had four hits on Tuesday night to tie Baines' mark, including two doubles and a home run.

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