ARLINGTON -- Another night and another home run for David Ortiz, who has already assured he won't have the type of nightmarish April he suffered through the last two years.
And Boston's big slugger also made some history in the Red Sox's 12-5 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. By producing RBI No. 1,004 as a designated hitter, Ortiz passed Edgar Martinez as the all-time leader at that position.
"Well, that's something when they mention your name with the caliber of Edgar Martinez and those guys, it makes you feel good," Ortiz said. "I've put a lot of hard work together. Those things, I don't think about it right now while I'm playing. One day, I'll sit down and look at it. Right now, I'll focus on trying to win the game and keep on rolling that way."
Ortiz tied Martinez when he clubbed a two-run homer to right in the top of the second.
By hitting two home runs in the first two games, Ortiz already topped his April total of a year ago, when he went deep just once. In 2009, Ortiz didn't homer for the first time until May 20.
"You play the game and things happen," Ortiz said. "Like I say, it's not like I tried to start the season slow [the last two years]. Things happen and you just try to get ready for the season and turn the page. I think I know I call attention because of the kind of player I've been as long as I've been here. People expect me to do well. Sometimes things don't work out the way you expect and you just have to keep on fighting."
In April of 2009-10, Ortiz hit an aggregate .196 with one homer and 15 RBIs.
"That's good because I think it will help him relax," manager Terry Francona said of Ortiz's fast start this season. "I know how much he was pointing towards April. Let him get his legs under him and hopefully he'll whack a few more."
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