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Did You Know? – Best Southpaws In Red Sox History

With the trade of Jon Lester to Oakland this past week, so departs one of the best left-handed starting pitchers in Red Sox team history, with 110 wins, a no-hitter, and two World Series championships to his credit. Among southpaws in team history, his 110 wins is second-most behind the legendary Mel Parnell and his 1386 strikeouts leads all others.

There is no question from anyone who has watched him over his eight-plus seasons with Boston that he has been an invaluable contributor to its recent success and there’s a possibility that we have not seen him pitch for the last time in a Red Sox uniform. So how does he compare to others greats who have pitched for this franchise?

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    Featured Player - Will Middlebrooks

    Born: 9 September 1988 in Greenville, TX
    College: None
    Drafted in 2007 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: With at least one extra base hit in each of his first five games with the Red Sox, Middlebrooks, a participant in the 2011 All-Star Futures game, now shares the MLB record with legendary Hall of Fame player Enos "Country" Slaughter. ...more on Will Middlebrooks.

    Other Red Sox players: Dustin Pedroia, Felix Doubront, Clay Buchholz


    Red Sox Legend - Wade Boggs

    Years with Boston: 1982-1992
    Position: Third Base

    Fun Fact: As a rookie in 1982, Boggs so impressed the Boston organization (118 hits, .349 average) that they shipped Carney Lansford, who had won a batting title with the Red Sox in 1981, to Oakland and moved Boggs permanently to third base. ...more on Wade Boggs.

    Other Red Sox legends: Bill Lee, Mo Vaughn, Curt Schilling


    This Week in Red Sox History

    25 August 2012 - In one of the biggest and most surprising trades in team history, the Red Sox send Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Ivan De Jesus, James Loney and Allen Webster. The Dodgers later complete the trade by sending Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands to the Red Sox on 04 October.

    26 August 1957 - For the second time this season, the Red Sox connect for four home runs in one inning, besting the Athletics 16-0.

    27 August 1990 - Ellis Burks becomes the first Red Sox player since former second baseman Bill Regan in 1928 to hit two home runs in one inning as an eight-run fourth helps Boston rock Cleveland, 12-4. Burks also finishes with five RBI.

    28 August 1950 - Boston rallies from an 11-run deficit to beat Cleveland 15-14 at Fenway Park, one day after the Red Sox rallied from seven down to best the Indians.

    29 August 1967 - The Red Sox and Yankees tie a record for most innings played in a doubleheader by combining for 29 frames. Boston wins the opener 2-1 in nine innings, but New York gains the split in a 4-3, hard-fought 20-inning decision in the second game.

    30 August 1916 - Dutch Leonard throws a no-hitter against St. Louis in a 4-0 win for Boston. The previous day, Leonard was unable to get out of the first inning in the first half of a doubleheader.

    30 August 1918 - Future Red Sox Hall of Fame player Ted Williams is born in San Diego, CA, as Carl Mays pitches two complete-game victories for Boston at Fenway Park.

    30 August 1960 - Infielder Pete Runnels collects nine hits during a doubleheader at Fenway Park, tying a major league record, as the Red Sox sweep the Tigers with a 5-4, extra inning win in the opener and a 3-2 victory in the second game.

    31 August 1918 - Boston clinches the American League pennant as Babe Ruth leads the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway Park.

    31 August 1990 - Boston trades future All-Star Jeff Bagwell to Houston for reliever Larry Anderson as the Red Sox enter the stretch run for the post-season.

    31 August 1996 - Nomar Garciaparra makes his debut for Boston, appearing as a late-inning replacement at second base for Jeff Frye, and goes hitless in a single at-bat while the Red Sox lose 8-0 to the Athletics in Oakland.

    31 August 2012 - Former Red Sox players George Kottaras, Josh Reddick, and Brandon Moss combined to drive home 13 runs for the Athletics as Oakland thumps Boston 20-2 at O.co Coliseum.


    Fenway Park Feature - CITGO Sign

    Fun Fact: The original neon sign featuring the "trimark" logo used nearly 6,000 glass tubes, but these were replaced with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and unveiled to the public in March 2005 after a six-month restoration project. ...more on the CITGO Sign.

    Other Fenway Park features: Fisk Pole, Green Monster, Monster Seats