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Big Papi snares sixth Silver Slugger Award

Big Papi snares sixth Silver Slugger Award

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Big Papi snares sixth Silver Slugger Award

BOSTON -- One week after carting home the Most Valuable Player trophy from the World Series, David Ortiz collected yet more hardware, being selected as the American League's Silver Slugger winner at designated hitter Wednesday.

It was the sixth career Silver Slugger for Ortiz but just his second since 2007. He also took home the award in the 2004-07 seasons and in 2011. The powerful lefty was Boston's lone Silver Slugger winner this year.

Ortiz's six Silver Sluggers at DH extend his own record. He is now tied with Wade Boggs and Manny Ramirez for most Silver Sluggers in Red Sox history.

Ortiz was a force for Boston throughout a memorable 2013 season, hitting .309 with 30 homers, 103 RBIs and a .959 OPS.

When the season started, there were questions about Big Papi's health, as a right Achilles injury kept him out for most of the second half of last season. But those questions were answered early. After spending the opening portion of the season on the disabled list, Ortiz returned on April 20 and was healthy the rest of the way.

The 37-year-old Ortiz also stepped up in the postseason, including a game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Tigers that is sure to go down as one of the most memorable hits in Red Sox history.

"Well, if David doesn't hit the grand slam to win Game 2 against Detroit, we might not be standing here today," manager John Farrell said the day of the World Series parade. "Going back to Detroit down 0-2 vs. 1-1 was a major shift in the whole postseason."

And in the World Series, Ortiz took it up even another notch, hitting .688 (11-for-16) with two homers, six RBIs and a 1.948 OPS.

Ortiz was asked at a news conference how often he got as hot as he did in the World Series.

"I did it like 20 times this year," chuckled Ortiz. "I was born for this."

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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