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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 - Dustin Pedroia

    Born: 17 August 1983 in Woodland, CA
    College: Arizona State University
    Drafted in 2004 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: In Game One of the 2007 World Series, Pedroia led off the bottom of the first with a home run on the second pitch he saw, only the second player in Major League history to homer starting off a series. ...more on Dustin Pedroia.

    Other Red Sox players: Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Junichi Tazawa


    Red Sox Legend - Manny Ramirez

    Years with Boston: 2001-2008
    Position: Left Field

    Fun Fact: In seven-plus seasons with the club, Ramirez belted 274 home runs, which places him fifth all-time amongst Boston sluggers past and present, at a clip of 14.4 at-bats per home run. He also hit his 500th career long ball with the club in May of 2008. ...more on Manny Ramirez.

    Other Red Sox legends: Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens


    This Week in Red Sox History

    26 September 1927 - Bill Moore ties a modern major league record as the Red Sox catcher commits four errors in a 11-1 loss to the Senators in the second game of a doubleheader; in total, Boston commits 10 errors in the game.

    26 September 1947 - With hits in both end of a doubleheader against the Senators at Fenway Park, Johnny Pesky extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

    26 September 1954 - Ted Williams plays in what is perceived as his last game of his career; however, after sitting out for the first weeks of the 1955 season, "The Kid" returns in May.

    26 September 1998 - Dennis Eckersley makes his 1,071st and final major league appearance to breaks Hoyt Wilhelm's record for most career appearances as a pitcher.

    26 September 2008 - With the Red Sox losing 19-8 to the Yankees, Tampa Bay becomes the first team since 1997 other than New York or Boston to win the American League East Division.

    26 September 2012 - The Red Sox lose 4-2 to the Rays at Fenway Park to finish their home schedule at 34-47, which matches the 1965 Red Sox for the team's worst home record in the past 47 years.

    27 September 1905 - Bill Dinneen pitches a no-hitter for Boston as the club beats Chicago 2-0 in the opening game of a double-header.

    27 September 1919 - Babe Ruth sets a then-major league record with his 29th round-tripper of the season in the first game of a doubleheader, but Boston loses both ends of the twin bill to Washington.

    27 September 1942 - Ted Williams plays in his last game before leaving the Red Sox to join the service in support of World War II efforts; Williams finishes the season winning the Triple Crown but fails to pair that award with the MVP award, losing to Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon.

    27 September 1975 - Boston wins its first American League East title despite a 5-2 loss to Cleveland at home when Baltimore loses on the road to New York.

    27 September 1998 - Closer Tom Gordon sets a team record by recording his 46th save of the season in Boston's 6-4 win over Baltimore on the final day of the regular season; the former starter also notched his 43rd consecutive save in the process.

    27 September 2004 - Boston clinches the wild card playoff berth with a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

    27 September 2011 - Third-string catcher Ryan Lavarnway hits two home runs, the first two of his career, in an 8-7 Red Sox win over the Orioles in Baltimore.

    28 September 1941 - With six hits in eight at-bats during a doubleheader, Ted Williams finishes the season with a .406 batting average; he is the last major league baseball player to hit .400 or better in a season.

    28 September 1949 - Ted Williams reaches base in his 84th consecutive game to set a major league record.

    28 September 1960 - In his final at-bat, Ted Williams hits a mammoth home run, the 521st of his career, into the right field bleachers at Fenway Park to give Boston a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    28 September 1966 - Thirty-seven-year-old Dick Williams is hired as Boston's newest manager, replacing interim manager Pete Runnels after Billy Herman was fired on 08 September.

    28 September 1986 - Boston wins the American League East division with a week left in the season thanks to a convincing 12-3 win over Toronto at Fenway Park.

    28 September 2003 - Bill Mueller wins the American League batting title over teammate Manny Ramirez with a .326 average, going 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance in a 3-1 Red Sox loss to the Devil Rays.

    28 September 2007 - With Boston winning 5-2 over Minnesota at Fenway Park and New York losing 10-9 in Baltimore, the Red Sox capture the American League East Division title for the first time since 1995. The Yankees had won the past nine titles and 10 of 11 since then.

    28 September 2011 - The Red Sox lose 4-3 to the Orioles in Baltimore thanks to a blown save by Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning. Mere moments later, the Rays win 8-7 in 12 innings over the Yankees in Tampa Bay to win the American League Wild Card by one game over the Sox.

    29 September 1928 - Utility outfielder Jack Rothrock is listed as the starting catcher for the Red Sox in Cleveland but moves to left field as he takes the field in the bottom of the first. Even so, he is credited with playing all nine positions for Boston in one season.

    29 September 1937 - With a 3-1 win in the opening game of a doubleheader against the Senators, the Red Sox are ensured of a winning season for the first time in 19 years; the club finishes the season at 80-72.

    29 September 1998 - Boston breaks a stretch of 13 consecutive playoff loses as the Red Sox thump the Indians 11-3 in Cleveland behind the pitching of Pedro Martinez and seven RBI from Mo Vaughn.

    29 September 1999 - Boston clinches a wild card berth with a 6-2 win over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader at Comisky Park.

    30 September 1915 - The idle Red Sox clinch their fourth American League pennant as Detroit loses to St. Louis.

    30 September 1952 - Mel Parnell loses for the first time since 1948 against Washington, a streak of 17 games, as the Senators best the Red Sox 10-6.

    30 September 1973 - Eddie Kasko is fired as manager of the Red Sox and replaced by AAA Pawtucket manager Darrell Johnson.

    30 September 1988 - Despite losing 4-2 in Cleveland to the Indians, the Red Sox win the American League East division as New York and Milwaukee both lose as well.

    30 September 2009 - Appearing in the ninth inning of a 12-0 blowout at the hands of Toronto, catcher Dusty Brown becomes the third positional player of the season to take the mound for Boston. Brown is preceded by outfielder Jonathan Van Every on 30 April against Tampa Bay and shortstop Nick Green on 27 August against Chicago.

    30 September 2011 - Terry Francona, after a tumultous late-season collapse that caused his team to miss the post-season for a third consecutive year, steps down after eight seasons managing the Red Sox. During his tenure, Boston won 28 post-season contests and World Series championships in 2004 and 2007, the former being the first in 86 years.

    1 October 1916 - For the second straight season, Boston clinches the American League pennant with needing to play; the idle Red Sox are crowned American League champions when the White Sox lose 2-0 to the Indians.

    1 October 1933 - By losing the final game of the season, 6-5 to New York, Boston extends its streak of losing seasons to 15, dating back to 1919.

    1 October 1938 - Jimmie Foxx sets a Boston club record by hitting his 49th and 50th home runs of the season in a 9-2 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

    1 October 1946 - In an exhibition game between Boston and a collection of American League All-Stars, Ted Williams is hit by a pitch on the elbow; the injury will hamper Williams during the his only World Series appearance.

    1 October 1964 - The smallest-ever crowd at Fenway Park, with 306 people officially in attendance, watch the Red Sox beat the Indians 4-2.

    1 October 1967 - For the first time in 21 seasons, the Red Sox claim the American League pennant with a 5-3 win over the Twins at Fenway Park, though Boston must wait until Detroit loses the second game of a doubleheader against Los Angeles to celebrate the title.

    1 October 1974 - Jim Rice hits his first major league home run to break a 4-4 tie as Boston goes on to defeat Cleveland 7-4 at Fenway Park.

    1 October 1978 - The Red Sox finish the season by winning eight straight and 12-of-14, capped with a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays at home, to move into a tie for first with the Yankees in the American League East.

    1 October 1983 - Carl Yastrzemski is honored during pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park and takes two "final laps" around Fenway Park as the home team loses 3-1 to the Indians.

    1 October 1991 - With a pair of doubles in Boston's 8-5 loss to Detroit at Fenway Park, Wade Boggs reaches the mark of 40 two-baggers for the seventh straight season, only the second player in baseball history to accomplish the feat.

    1 October 2004 - Red Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn sets a franchise single-season record by striking out for the 177th time in a 7-5 Boston win over Baltimore in the second half of a doubleheader.

    1 October 2006 - In only his second major league outing, Devern Hansack no-hits Baltimore for five innings and Boston wins 9-0 in a rain-shortened contest at Fenway Park. Due to league rules, it is not considered a no-hitter unless a pitcher goes nine innings.

    2 October 1921 - Shortstop Everett Scott plays his 832nd consecutive game for the Red Sox, a team record, in a 7-6 loss to the Yankees.

    2 October 1938 - Sitting out the final day of the season, Jimmie Foxx wins the American League batting title with a .349 average, six percentage points ahead of Cleveland's Jeff Heath.

    2 October 1949 - Needing just one win in the final two games of the season, Boston loses both games and the pennant to New York, ending with a 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium.

    2 October 1972 - Needing to win two-of-three in Detroit, Boston loses the first game 4-1 in part to a costly base running mishap; the Red Sox lose the next day and finish a half-game out of first place behind the Tigers.

    2 October 1978 - Thanks in part to light-hitting Bucky Dent's three-run home run in the seventh inning at Fenway Park, Boston loses a one-game playoff to New York, 5-4, and the Yankees go on to win the pennant over Kansas City and the World Series over Los Angeles.

    2 October 1983 - In his 3,038th and final game, Carl Yastrzemski plays left field for the first time all season and goes 1-for-3 with a single as Boston bests Cleveland 3-1 at Fenway Park. "Yaz" takes one more "final lap" at the end of the game and also spends an hour following the game signing autographs outside the park.

    2 October 2005 - One day after the Yankees clinch the division title, Boston wins 10-1 over New York to earn a wild card berth. Although the teams finished with identical 95-67 records, the Yankees had won the season series, ten games to nine.

    2 October 2010 - Third baseman Mike Lowell, after being honored in a pre-game ceremony by the Red Sox, goes 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a run scored, and two RBI before being lifted in the fifth inning of a 6-5 loss to the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader. The 2007 World Series MVP had announced late in the season that this year would be his last in the majors.


    Fenway Park Feature - Fisk Pole

    Fun Fact: Although famous for being the pole that Carlton Fisk hit with his dramatic home run in the 1975 World Series, the pole was not given the moniker until the 2005 season during an interleague series with the Cincinnati Reds, Boston's opponent in that infamous Fall Classic. ...more on the Fisk Pole.

    Other Fenway Park features: Green Monster, Monster Seats, Retired Numbers