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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 - Koji Uehara

    Born: 3 April 1975 in Osaka, Japan
    College: None
    Signed in 2009 by the Baltimore Orioles

    Fun Fact: The Japanese-born Uehara pitched with the Yomiuri Giants for 10 seasons in the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was twice honored with the Eiji Sawamure Award as the top starting pitcher in NPB. Former teammates include Hideki Matsui, Hideki Okajima, Gabe Kapler, and John Wasdin. ...more on Koji Uehara.

    Other Red Sox players: Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz

    Red Sox Legend - Carlton Fisk

    Years with Boston: 1969, 1971-1980
    Position: Catcher

    Fun Fact: In 1972, his first full season with the club, Fisk batted 293 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI and became the first player to receive a unanimous vote from the baseball writers for for Rookie of the Year honors. ...more on Carlton Fisk.

    Other Red Sox legends: Cy Young, Harry Hooper, Jimmie Foxx

    This Week in Red Sox History

    15 December 1992 - Wade Boggs, after eleven season in Boston, signs a free agent deal with the Yankees.

    15 December 2000 - The Red Sox sign free agent pitcher Hideo Nomo to a one-year deal. The 1995 National League Rookie of the Year throws Boston's first no-hitter since 1965 in his first start for the club and posts a 13-10 record with a 4.50 ERA in his one season with the Sox.

    16 December 2009 - Boston signs free agents John Lackey (pitcher) and Mike Cameron (outfielder) to contracts. Lackey gets a five-year, $82.5 million contract with a sixth-year club option, while Cameron gets two years and $15.5 million.

    17 December 1907 - The Red Sox' team name becomes official in an announcement by club owner John I. Taylor.

    20 December 1973 - Joe Cronin retires as president of the American League; Lee McPhail takes his place.

    20 December 2001 - A group led by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino purchase the Red Sox from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust for $660 million.

    20 December 2005 - Boston's rivalry with New York is further fueled as free agent Johnny Damon spurns an offer from the Red Sox and signs a four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees.

    21 December 2001 - Free agent outfielder Johnny Damon leaves Oakland after one season and signs a four-year deal with Boston, one of Dan Duquette's last major signing.

    Fenway Park Feature - Manual Scoreboard

    Fun Fact: Look closely at the scoreboard where the American League scores are posted and you will see Morse code, which are the initials of former owners Thomas A. Yawkey and his wife, Jean R. Yawkey. ...more on the Manual Scoreboard.

    Other Fenway Park features: Center Field Triangle, CITGO Sign, Fisk Pole