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Ramón Ortiz
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Ramón Ortiz during his 2006 tenure with the Nationals.
San Francisco Giants — No. --
Born: May 24, 1973 (1973-05-24) (age 36)
Cotui, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 19, 1999 for the Anaheim Angels
NPB: May 2, 2008 for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     84-80
Earned run average     4.90
Strikeouts     841
Career highlights and awards

Ramón Diogenes Ortiz (born May 24, 1973, in Cotui, Dominican Republic) is a professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants organization. He has previously pitched in Major League Baseball for the Anaheim Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, and Colorado Rockies. His best season was 2002, when he went 15-9 with a 3.77 ERA for the Angels.

On September 4, 2006, Ortiz took a no-hitter into the 9th inning against the Cardinals before having it broken up by the first batter in the 9th, Aaron Miles. Ortiz also hit his first career home run in the same game. It was a solo shot off of St. Louis reliever Jorge Sosa. Ortiz was three outs away from becoming the third no-hit pitcher in Major League Baseball who had homered in the same game, joining Earl Wilson (1962) and Rick Wise (1971).

On January 19, 2007, Ortiz signed with the Minnesota Twins for a one-year deal worth $3.1 million dollars. Ortiz began the season as the third starter, behind Johan Santana and Boof Bonser and ahead of Sidney Ponson and Carlos Silva.[1] However, after a disappointing start to the season, Ortiz was moved to the bullpen.[2] On August 15, 2007, Ortiz was traded to the Colorado Rockies in return for minor leaguer Matt Macri. He became a free agent following the season.

On April 1, 2008, Ortiz was signed by the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

On February 10, 2009, Ortiz signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the San Francisco Giants.[3]


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