SEATTLE -- On Tuesday night, David Ortiz pulled even with Harold Baines for the most career hits for DH. Apparently, he didn't like to share, because a night later, Ortiz collected two more hits to make the mark his own.
His double in the second inning was No. 1,689 as a DH, setting the mark. He later added a two-run homer.
When he smacked the double and the achievement was noted on the big scoreboard in center field, the crowd at Safeco Field gave him a standing ovation.
"That was great,'' said Ortiz. "The fans look forward to guys breaking records and getting to a certain level, especially the way things are going.''
An appreciative Ortiz tipped his helmet in recognition and seemed genuinely moved by the fans' reaction. A long time ago, Ortiz began his career as a Mariner before being traded to Minnesota, and eventually, signing with Boston.
"You never know where you're going to start or where you're going to end,'' said Ortiz. "You probably know where you're going to start, I guess, but where it ends, you never know. Like I say, it's great to be part of it. It's good when you get to be mentioned with some of the greatest hitters to ever play the game. It's a wonderful thing.''