ARLINGTON -- David Ortiz's leadoff homer in the third inning of Saturday night's game against the Rangers was his 380th as a member of the Red Sox, breaking a tie for fourth on Boston's all-time list with Dwight Evans.
Ortiz needs three more home runs to pull even with Jim Rice for third on Boston's all-time list, and 72 more to tie Carl Yastrzemski (452). So what does it mean to Ortiz to be in that rarified company?
"It means I'm getting old," he joked. "You play the game and the last thing you think about is having your name mentioned with those guys. But once it happens, it's an honor."
Ortiz, 38, would have to play at his current level into his mid-40s to catch Ted Williams, the team's leader with 521 homers.
The left-handed Ortiz launched a towering ball 367 feet to right field to give the Red Sox their second of six runs against Rangers starter Martin Perez.
It was his 438th career homer, tying Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi for 40th all-time. Ortiz hit 58 home runs for Minnesota during the first six years of his career.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.