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The Boston Red Sox rested Ortiz on Sunday as the team prepares for matchups against the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.
Ortiz became the first Boston Red Sox player to hit 40 home runs in three straight seasons with a fifth-inning homer Sunday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ortiz hit his AL-best 40th homer this season off Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell. It was also his seventh homer off Tampa Bay this season.
Ortiz hit his second game-winning hit in three days and fifth of the year with a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz also had a solo homer in the third.
Ortiz hit two homers and had six RBIs in Thursday's 12-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Red Sox designated hitter had a two-run shot in the fifth and a grand slam in the ninth. Ortiz has six homers in the last six games and is tied with Chicago White Sox slugger Jim Thome for the American League lead with 29 home runs on the season.
Boston's Ortiz was selected to his third All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting first baseman for the American League. Ortiz is batting .276 with 26 homers and 75 RBIs this season.
Ortiz hit his seventh career walkoff homer to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3, 10-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. With one out and Alex Cora on first, Ortiz hit a 2-2 pitch from Tom Gordon into the center-field bleachers.
Ortiz and the Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract extension on Monday, keeping the big slugger in Boston through 2010. Ortiz finished second in the AL MVP voting last season and is regarded as one of the best clutch hitters in the game.
Ortiz stroked two-run homers in the first and third innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, giving the American League home-run leader 46 on the season. The Red Sox' designated hitter drove in five runs in a 15-2 Boston romp over the Devil Rays. Ortiz, who is batting .302 on the season, also leads the AL in RBI with 140.
After missing one game due to a tight back, Ortiz returned to the Boston lineup on Monday and belted two home runs, including the game-winner in the 11th inning. It was the eighth multihomer game of the season for the Red Sox' designated hitter.
Ortiz connected for a two-run homer in the first inning of Tuesday's win over the Cleveland Indians before adding a solo homer in the fifth to notch his fourth multihomer game of the 2005 campaign. The Red Sox' designated hitter, who finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, extended his hitting streak to six games.
Ortiz is probably working out his first-base mitt, with the Boston Red Sox playing interleague series in St. Louis and Chicago this week. With the DH spot eliminated in National League parks, he will compete for starts at first with Kevin Millar.
Ortiz was fined an undisclosed amount of money for his role in last Sunday's bench-clearing melee between Boston and Tampa Bay. The Red Sox' designated hitter avoided a suspension, however, and will be in Boston's lineup for the three-game set in Texas this weekend.