Ortiz wins third straight DH of the year award

Updated: December 21, 2005, 4:55 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- David Ortiz, who hit 43 home runs and was second in the American League MVP voting, has won The Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award for the third straight year.

Ortiz is the first player to win three straight awards since it started in 1973 (the first year of the DH). He is also only the third man to win it three times overall, joining Martinez , who won it five times, and Hal McRae of Kansas City, also a three-time winner.

He earned 75 of 78 first-place votes from a panel which includes beat writers, broadcasters and members of American League public relations departments. Travis Hafner of Cleveland finished second. He was the only player besides Ortiz to receive a first or second-place vote.

Ortiz is the third Red Sox player to win the award, following Jim Rice (1977) and Don Baylor (1986).

Ortiz hit .297 and drove in 141 runs for Boston this season. He was second to Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in the AL MVP voting.