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.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.