Double extends Papi's hitting streak to 26

Double extends Papi's hitting streak to 26

BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a double in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Twins on Monday night. He was 0-for-3 before the hit.

Ortiz has gone 40-for-93 (.430) with 11 doubles, six homers and 23 RBIs since the streak began on July 2, 2012.

He extended his streak in the first inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers when he launched a home run off Yu Darvish.

"I just reacted to a pitch that I saw," Ortiz said.

Boston's veteran left-handed-hitting slugger owns the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest streak by a Red Sox player since Manny Ramirez had a 27-game hitting streak in '06.

After Tuesday's 1-for-4, Ortiz was hitting .426 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 14 games.

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