Video: David Ortiz steals a base

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz has spent parts of 20 seasons in the majors. Coming into Sunday’s action, he had attempted 25 stolen bases and been successful in 16 of them for a subpar 65 percent success rate. Surprisingly, the 40-year-old already stole a base this season, occurring back on April 15 against the Blue Jays. He added another one to his ledger on Sunday facing the Mariners.

In the seventh inning, Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz intentionally walked David Ortiz with two outs. So what does Ortiz do? As Diaz fired a 1-0 fastball to Hanley Ramirez, Ortiz broke for second and swiped the base without a throw.

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Ortiz finished the game 1-for-3 with a single. In his farewell season, he’s carrying a ridiculous .342/.423/.710 triple-slash line with 18 home runs and 59 RBI in 265 plate appearances.

Ortiz has had multiple stolen bases in a season only two other times: in 2007 and in 2013. What do those seasons have in common? The Red Sox won the World Series.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.