David Ortiz Sets MLB Record for Hits by DH

G.Fiume/ Getty Images (SEATTLE) --  Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz notched his 1,689th hit as a designated hitter Wednesday night, passing Harold Baines for the all-time lead at the position.

Ortiz accomplished the feat in the second inning when he hit a double off of Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang.  The crowd realized the significance of the hit and gave Ortiz a standing ovation.

The DH position was adopted by the American League in 1793, and Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter.

"I'm the kind of guy that just takes what they give me," Ortiz said. "If they don't give me anything to hit, what should I do? I'll walk to first base. That's what I've been doing all season."

Ortiz has won two World Series championships with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.

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