David Ortiz hits 2 homers, passes Jim Rice for 3rd-most in Red Sox history

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Big Papi loves facing the Twins, and used that to his historic advantage on Wednesday.

We're used to David Ortiz beating up on the Twins, but his recent barrage has some historic merit to it. The first homer of Wednesday night -- and his third of the series to this point -- pushed him ahead of Jim Rice for sole possession of third place on the Red Sox all-time home run list. As is befitting such a moment, it was an upper-deck shot:

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It "only" went 410 feet, but that's because a dumb ballpark got in the way. (I kid, Minnesota, Target Field is lovely and I would like to visit. Especially if Ortiz is playing.)

Papi wasn't done, either. He already had a double and the aforementioned homer to pass Rice, but then he went deep again, just missing a second upper-deck shot by nailing the facade with a 404-foot shot.

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That home run tied Ortiz for 39th-place on the all-time Major League Baseball home run list, alongside Dave Kingman. His next target is a moving one, as Adam Dunn is still playing, and still cranking homers:

Rk Player HR From To Age PA
31 Carlos Delgado 473 1993 2009 21-37 8657
32 Chipper Jones 468 1993 2012 21-40 10614
33 Dave Winfield 465 1973 1995 21-43 12358
34 Jose Canseco 462 1985 2001 20-36 8129
35 Carl Yastrzemski 452 1961 1983 21-43 13992
36 Vladimir Guerrero 449 1996 2011 21-36 9059
37 Jeff Bagwell 449 1991 2005 23-37 9431
38 Adam Dunn 445 2001 2014 21-34 7950
39 David Ortiz 442 1997 2014 21-38 8413
40 Dave Kingman 442 1971 1986 22-37 7429
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/15/2014.

He's not doing so at quite the pace Papi is, though -- Ortiz has four in his last two games and Dunn has five on the entire season -- so maybe it won't take that long at all.

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