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Ortiz goes deep, extends hit streak to 25 games

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ARLINGTON -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz provided no subtlety or mystery when it came to whether he would prolong his career-long hitting streak another day.

In the top of the first inning against Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Sunday afternoon, Ortiz walloped a towering two-run homer to right to give his team a quick lead.

Dating back to July 2, 2012, Ortiz has hit in 25 straight games. Prior to this season, Ortiz's longest career hitting streak was 19 games. That streak came in 2002, when he was with the Minnesota Twins.

Ortiz has also reached base in 33 straight games, another career high.

His magnificent start to the season has come despite a right Achilles injury that prevented him from playing in Spring Training.

Ortiz started his season on April 20.

"I've been a hitter my whole life," Ortiz said. "It's not like I'm doing anything new. Same routine -- I haven't changed anything."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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