Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz responds to the cheers of fans after he hit a double in the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz responds to the cheers of fans after he hit a double in the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Seattle. (Associated Press)

SEATTLE (AP) -- 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.

Earlier in the day, the Red Sox added needed depth to its bullpen calling up right-handers Steven Wright and Pedro Beato.

The Red Sox made the moves Wednesday before facing the Seattle Mariners. Boston optioned starter Allen Webster and reliever Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear roster spots.

The decision to send out Webster leaves the Red Sox needing a starter for Sunday's game at Oakland. Manager John Farrell said the immediate need was for help in the bullpen after Webster lasted just 21 3 innings on Tuesday night. Farrell did not know who would start Sunday.

Beato had a 2.13 ERA in 411 3 innings for Pawtucket, while Wright has just been a starter in the minors with a 4-5 record in 16 starts.


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