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Will David Ortiz Hit Career Home Run Number 500 in 2015?

Just nine shy of 500 career home runs with 48 games left to play, David Ortiz has an opportunity to become the 27th player in Major League Baseball history to reach that mark before the season ends. With little to play for other than pride, this may be the only thing left for the Red Sox to champion in 2015. Having reached the required number of plate appearances this season to guarantee his return in a Boston uniform in 2016, chances are excellent that number 500 will come with the Red Sox. So how likely will it happen this year?

In franchise history, only one player, Ted Williams, has hit at least 500 home runs in a Boston uniform. Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez are the only other two players to hit number 500 with the club. “Big Papi” has 433 home runs with the Red Sox, second most in team history; he hit his other 58 with the Twins over his first six seasons in baseball. Whether he can hit another 67 home runs with the Red Sox, thereby finishing with 500  in a Boston uniform, is another story for another day.

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    Featured Player - Junichi Tazawa

    Born: 6 June 1986 in Yokohama, Japan
    College: None
    Signed in 2008 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: With his debut on 7 August 2009, Tazawa became the third Japanese player, after Mac Suzuki and Kazuhito Tadano, to play in Major League Baseball without first playing professionally in Japan. ...more on Junichi Tazawa.

    Other Red Sox players: Xander Bogaerts, Koji Uehara, Dustin Pedroia

    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

    5 October 1912 - Boston sets a club record with its 105th win of the season, blanking Philadelphia 5-0.

    6 October 1962 - Retaining his general manager's post, Pinky Higgins steps down as Red Sox manager and names former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky as the club's manager.

    6 October 1995 - Cleveland defeats Boston 8-2 at Fenway Park to win the division series between the two teams. By losing all three games of the series, the Red Sox have lost 13 consecutive post-season games stretching back to the last two games of the 1986 World Series.

    6 October 2003 - Boston completes the comeback from an 0-2 series deficit with a 4-3 win over Oakland in Game Five of the division series. Jason Varitek and Manny Ramirez both homer to score all four Boston runs and Derek Lowe comes from the bullpen to record the final three outs.

    6 October 2008 - Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie's single drives home outfielder Jason Bay from second base to give Boston not only a walk-off 3-2 win against Los Angeles but a division series win, which advances them to the American League Championship Series for the second year in a row.

    7 October 1911 - In the final game played at Huntington Avenue Grounds, Boston defeats Washington, 8-1; Sea Lion Hall earns the decision for the Red Sox.

    7 October 1975 - The Red Sox wrap up the pennant with a 5-3 win over the Athletics in Oakland, winning the best-of-five ALCS three games to none.

    7 October 2005 - Boston is swept from the post-season by Chicago as the Red Sox lose 5-3 at Fenway Park in Game Three of the division series. The White Sox go on to win the World Series for the first time in 88 years and lose just one game in the 2005 postseason.

    8 October 2004 - David Ortiz takes the first pitch from Jarrod Washburn in the tenth inning and plants it into the Monster Seats at Fenway Park as Boston wins 8-6 over Anaheim and sweeps the best-of-five division series.

    8 October 2013 - The Red Sox win 3-1 over the Rays at Tropicana Field to win the American League Division Series in four games. Rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts walks twice and scores both times in the late innings, while Koji Uehara retires the final four batters for the save.

    9 October 1988 - Oakland wins the American League pennant with a 4-1 win over Boston as the Athletics sweep the Red Sox in the ALCS, 4-0.

    10 October 1904 - Boston clinches its second straight pennant with a 3-2 win over New York in the opening game of a double-header; however, there would be no World Series as the National League pennant-winning New York Giants refuse to play a "minor league" team for a world championship.

    10 October 1990 - Oakland sweeps Boston out of the ALCS for the second time in three seasons, capping the series with a 3-1 win highlighted by Roger Clemens's ejection from the game for arguing balls and strikes.

    10 October 1999 - The Red Sox embarrass the Indians 23-7 at Fenway Park as they rack up 24 hits, setting playoff records for the most hits and runs scored in a game; the 16-run margin also set a record. John Valentin leads the charge with four hits, including two home runs, and seven RBI.

    11 October 1970 - Red Sox fan-favorite Tony Conigliaro is shipped to Angels in a six-player swap with California. His time with the Angels is short as he retires in mid-July the following season.

    11 October 1999 - Boston becomes the first team to rally from an 0-2 division series deficit, winning 12-8 in Cleveland thanks to Troy O'Leary's two home runs and seven RBI; both home runs came after the Indians elected to walk Nomar Garciaparra to get to O'Leary. Pedro Martinez pitched the final six innings in relief, holding the opposition hitless and striking out eight.

    11 October 2003 - The Yankees take Game Three of the 2003 American League Championship Series with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The game is marked by a altercation between Pedro Martinez and former Sox skipper Don Zimmer as well as a fight in the bullpen between a groundskeeper and two Yankees players, Karim Garcia and Jeff Nelson.

    11 October 2009 - The Angels win their first post-season series over the Red Sox with a three-game sweep in the ALDS. With a 6-4 lead in the ninth at Fenway Park, Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon allows three two-out runs and the Sox are unable to score off Brian Fuentes as Los Angeles exacts its revenge against a team that had beaten the franchise in four previous playoff series.

    Fenway Park Feature - Retired Numbers

    Fun Fact: The first two numbers to be retired by the Red Sox were Ted Williams (9) and Joe Cronin (4), who had their numbers retired on the same day in 1984. No other players have since shared the honor simultaneously. ...more on the Retired Numbers.

    Other Fenway Park features: Pesky Pole, The Lone Red Seat, Manual Scoreboard