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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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.
Red Sox Legend - Tim Wakefield
Years with Boston: 1995-2011
Fun Fact: Known for his knuckleball pitcher, which usually fell between 64 and 68 miles per hour, Wakefield is second all-time in franchise history in wins (186) and strikeouts (2046) and first in games started (430) and innings pitched (3006.0). ...more on Tim Wakefield.
This Week in Red Sox History
30 May 1913 - Harry Hooper leads off both ends of a doubleheader with home runs; though Boston loses the opener 4-3, the home run is the difference in a 1-0 win in the second contest.
30 May 1921 - Stuffy McInnis makes his only error of the season in 1549 chances at first base; he will finish the season with a .9993 fielding percentage, an American League record.
30 May 1938 - Boston's Joe Cronin and New York's Jake Powell fight in the middle of the diamond after the Yankees outfielder is hit by a pitch thrown by Red Sox pitcher Archie McKain in the second game of a doubleheader. The fight lasts two to three minutes and both players are ejected, but the fight continues underneath the stands at Yankee Stadium. Both players are eventually separated by Yankee players, fined, and suspended ten days by the league.
30 May 1941 - With the bases juiced, the Red Sox execute a triple steal with Skeeter Newsome swiping home, Frank Pytlak taking third, and Mickey Harris taking second.
30 May 2013 - Jacoby Ellsbury sets a franchise record with five steals in a 9-2 Red Sox win over the Phillies in Philadelphia. Ellsbury reaches bases five times in six plate appearances and steals two bases after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.
31 May 1970 - Boston and Chicago score 35 runs in a 22-13 win for the White Sox, the second-highest-scoring game in American League history.
31 May 2008 - Manny Ramirez hits the 500th home run of his career of Orioles pitcher Chad Bradford as Boston best Baltimore 6-3 at Camden Yards. Ramirez becomes the third player to hit number 500 with the Red Sox after Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams.
1 June 1901 - Buck Freeman hits two home runs against the White Sox in Chicago, the first American League player ever to enjoy a multi-homer game.
1 June 1916 - In a match-up between two of the first five players elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, Babe Ruth and the Red Sox beat Walter Johnson and the Senators, 1-0.
1 June 1930 - Boston ends a 14-game losing streak with the help of a triple play in a 7-4 win over New York.
1 June 1952 - Ellis Kinder, having not lost to the White Sox since 1948, pitches 2-2/3 innings of relief as he wins his 18th decision in a row against Chicago with a 3-2 Boston victory.
1 June 1987 - Dwight Evans hits his 300th career home run but Boston loses on the road 9-5 to Minnesota.
1 June 2010 - Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez goes 5-for-5 with four doubles in a 9-4 win over the Athletics at Fenway Park.
1 June 2013 - Mike Napoli hits a grand slam and Daniel Nava adds a three-run bomb as the Red Sox humiliate the Yankees 11-1 in New York.
2 June 1959 - Boston loses 5-3 to Kansas City but Ted Williams manages to collect his 2,500th career hit, a double off Ray Herbert in the second inning.
2 June 1994 - The Red Sox select shortstop Nomar Garciaparra from Georgia Tech in the first round of the amateur draft.
2 June 1995 - John Valentin hits collects five hits, including a double and three home runs, for 15 total bases in a 10-inning, 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.
2 June 2001 - Manny Ramirez hits a towering home run into the fifth deck at SkyDome estimated at 491 feet; Boston eventually wins 2-1 over Toronto as Carl Everett homers in the ninth inning for the only other Red Sox run.
2 June 2005 - David Ortiz takes Orioles closer B.J. Ryan deep to center field in the ninth inning at Fenway Park to give Boston a walk-off 6-4 win.
3 June 1918 - Dutch Leonard throws his second career no-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 5-0 in Detroit.
3 June 1948 - The Red Sox make their Boston television debut on local station WBZ-TV and win 3-2 over the Browns, nearly two weeks after the cross-town Braves appear on the tube in a contest against the Cardinals at Braves Field.
3 June 1964 - Tony Conigliaro becomes the youngest player ever to hit a grand slam but the Red Sox lose the second game of a doubleheader 9-8 to the Angels in Los Angeles.
3 June 1993 - With their first pick, Boston selects Trot Nixon, a high school player from North Carolina, in the first round of the amateur draft.
4 June 1989 - The Red Sox blow a ten-run lead and lose 13-11 in extra innings to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park, the biggest blown lead in franchise history.
4 June 2011 - J.D. Drew singles home Carl Crawford in the 14th inning to give the Red Sox a 9-8 win over the Athletics at Fenway Park. Oakland had rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon and had taken a brief 8-7 lead in the top of the 11th, but back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the frame from Jarrod Saltamaachia and Jacoby Ellsbury allows for the eventual walk-off hit from Drew.
4 June 2013 - The Red Sox score in every inning of a 17-5 win against the Rangers except for the eighth inning, when David Murphy is called in from left field to pitch as a reliever for Texas and, after a leadoff double, retires the next three batters.
5 June 1973 - With their second pick of the amateur draft, Boston selects Fred Lynn from USC.
5 June 1989 - Mo Vaughn is the second Boston pick in the first round of the 1989 amateur draft; the Red Sox also draft Jeff Bagwell in the fourth round.
5 June 1999 - Tom Gordon's streak of 54 consecutive saves ends against the Braves rally to beat the Red Sox 6-5 at Fenway Park.
5 June 2001 - Rookie Shea Hillenbrand ends an 18-inning marathon at Fenway Park with a home run as the winning run crosses the plate at 12:58 AM in a 4-3 win over Detroit.
Fenway Park Feature - Green Monster
Fun Fact: The left-field wall at Fenway Park was not originally painted green as it is today; instead, it was covered inch-for-inch with advertisements. Vintage photographs of the park as late at the mid-1940s can easily be found that show this. ...more on the Green Monster.