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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 - Xander Bogaerts

    Born: 1 October 1992 in Oranjestad, Aruba
    College: None
    Signed in 2009 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: At age 19, Bogaerts played for the Netherlands national baseball team at the 2011 Baseball World Cup. His team defeated Cuba 2-1 in the final game, the first tournament champion from Europe since 1938. ...more on Xander Bogaerts.

    Other Red Sox players: Koji Uehara, Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz

    Red Sox Legend - Carl Yastrzemski

    Years with Boston: 1961-1983
    Position: Left Field

    Fun Fact: When Yastrzemski retired following the 1983 season, he finished with 3,308 games played for Boston, the most appearances by a player in a Red Sox uniform. He also finished with 13,991 plate appearances, also a Red Sox record. ...more on Carl Yastrzemski.

    Other Red Sox legends: Dom DiMaggio, Jim Rice, Joe Cronin

    This Week in Red Sox History

    20 June 1994 - Boston beats Toronto 4-1 at SkyDome to end an 11-game losing streak.

    21 June 1916 - Rube Foster no-hits the Yankees 2-0 at Fenway Park, striking out three and walking two.

    21 June 1938 - Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins sets a major league record with 12 hits in twelve consecutive at-bats.

    21 June 2009 - Light-hitting shortstop Nick Green leads off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo shot down the right field line at Fenway Park that gives Boston a 6-5 win over Atlanta. The ball lands just past the Pesky Pole in the right field stands, a mere 305 feet from home plate but far enough to give the Red Sox a walk-off win over the Braves.

    22 June 1982 - Rookie Wade Boggs hits his first major league home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Boston a 5-4 win over Detroit at Fenway Park.

    23 June 1917 - Ernie Shore takes over for Babe Ruth after the starting pitcher is ejected following an argument with the umpire over walking the first batter. After the runner was caught stealing, Shore retired the next 26 batters as Boston wins 4-0.

    23 June 1954 - While losing 8-7 in 17 innings to the Orioles, the Red Sox execute a triple play in the first inning.

    24 June 1911 - Owner John I. Taylor announces plans to build a new ballpark in the Fenway section of Boston that eventually becomes Fenway Park.

    24 June 2010 - Dustin Pedroia hits three home runs, including a two-run shot in the 10th, to lead the Red Sox to a wild 13-11 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. It was the first three-homer game by a Boston player since 2004.

    24 June 2012 - The Red Sox send first baseman Kevin Youkilis and cash to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart following a 9-4 Red Sox win over the Braves at Fenway Park. Ahead of the trade, Youkilis goes 2-for-4 and hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning before being lifted for pinch-hitter Nick Punto.

    25 June 1926 - Outfielder Baby Doll Johnson plays his seventh consecutive game for the Red Sox without a fielding chance, setting a major league record; the streak spans 64-1/3 innings.

    26 June 1962 - Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson throws a no-hitter before a small crowd at Fenway Park and also helps his cause with a home run in a 2-0 win over the Angels.

    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