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Did You Know – Red Sox Opening Day Home Runs

Hitting a round tripper on Opening Day, like hitting one in the World Series or an All-Star Game, is not considered unusual, but doing it more than once is noteworthy in some respects. In the ninth inning of Tuesday afternoon’s 6-2 win for Boston over Cleveland, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit what proved to be his fifth career home run on Opening Day, his third with the Red Sox after hitting two with the Minnesota Twins earlier in his career. After what was a quiet spring (4-for-35 with three extra base hits), the sight of him launching one into the bleachers was a welcome sight to Red Sox fans looking for a positive start to the 2016 season.

The home run also proved to be number 504 in Big Papi’s career, which ties him with Eddie Murray for 26th all-time in MLB history. After Murray, his next target on the all-time list would be Gary Sheffield (509), followed by Mel Ott (511), Ernie Banks (512) and Eddie Matthews (also 512). He now also has 446 home runs with the Red Sox, which puts him six behind Carl Yastrzemski for second place (452) and well behind Ted Williams with 521, whom he has a chance to catch only in the career total category.

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    Featured Player - Clay Buchholz

    Born: 14 August 1984 in Nederland, TX
    College: McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA)
    Drafted in 2003 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: In the course of throwing a no-hitter in just his second major league start, Buchholz threw 115 pitches. Having not thrown more than 98 pitches in any previous appearances that year at any level, GM Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona confirmed after the game that, had he reached the 120 pitch mark, Buchholz would have been pulled in favor of a reliever. ...more on Clay Buchholz.

    Other Red Sox players: David Ortiz, Junichi Tazawa, Xander Bogaerts

    Red Sox Legend - Cy Young

    Years with Boston: 1901-1908
    Position: Pitcher

    Fun Fact: Young became the first American League pitcher to throw a perfect game on 05 May 1904. Sandwiched around this feat was the fact that he threw 23 consecutive no-hit innings: eight innings in his previous start and six innings in the following one. ...more on Cy Young.

    Other Red Sox legends: Harry Hooper, Jimmie Foxx, Luis Tiant

    This Week in Red Sox History

    23 August 1919 - Babe Ruth hits his fourth grand slam of the season, a Red Sox record to this day, but Boston loses 8-4 to Detroit at Navin Field.

    24 August 1940 - Ted Williams is used as a pitcher for the only time in his career in a 10-1 loss to the Tigers in the opener of a double-header at Fenway Park.

    24 August 2002 - Flying out to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez ends a streak of 14 consecutive at-bats in which he reaches base, which includes nine hits and five walks. Former Boston outfielder Ted Williams holds the major league record with 16.

    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.

    Fenway Park Feature - Pesky Pole

    Fun Fact: The Pesky Pole was not officially given that name by the club until the 2006 season in honor of namesake Johnny Pesky's 87th birthday celebration. ...more on the Pesky Pole.

    Other Fenway Park features: The Lone Red Seat, Manual Scoreboard, Center Field Triangle