Video: David Ortiz homers to pass Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time homer list

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In what was an offense-packed afternoon at the Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays, Red Sox DH David Ortiz smoked a three-run home run off of reliever Joaquin Benoit in the top of the sixth inning to give the Red Sox a 10-8 lead.

The blast marks the 535th career home run for Ortiz, snapping a tie with Jimmie Foxx to give him sole possession of 18th place on baseball’s all-time home run list. He’s two homers shy of tying Mickey Mantle for 17th. Ortiz would need to go on a tear to reach Mike Schmidt in 16th place at 548.

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In his final season, the 40-year-old Ortiz is having a spectacular season, batting .315/.403/.622 with 32 home runs and 110 RBI. No player 40 years old or older has taken enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title and put up an adjusted OPS (also known as OPS+) of 160 or better. Ortiz entered Sunday at 161. Willie Mays was the only one with an OPS+ of 150 or better, putting up a 158 mark in 1971 at the age of 40.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.