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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 - 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 - Pedro Martinez

    Years with Boston: 1998-2004
    Position: Pitcher

    Fun Fact: Through 2009, major league pitchers have managed to strike out the side on nine pitches only 40 times; Martinez is the only Red Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat, doing so in the first inning of a game against Seattle on 18 May 2002. ...more on Pedro Martinez.

    Other Red Sox legends: Roger Clemens, Tris Speaker, Fred Lynn

    This Week in Red Sox History

    31 August 1918 - Boston clinches the American League pennant as Babe Ruth leads the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway Park.

    31 August 1990 - Boston trades future All-Star Jeff Bagwell to Houston for reliever Larry Anderson as the Red Sox enter the stretch run for the post-season.

    31 August 1996 - Nomar Garciaparra makes his debut for Boston, appearing as a late-inning replacement at second base for Jeff Frye, and goes hitless in a single at-bat while the Red Sox lose 8-0 to the Athletics in Oakland.

    31 August 2012 - Former Red Sox players George Kottaras, Josh Reddick, and Brandon Moss combined to drive home 13 runs for the Athletics as Oakland thumps Boston 20-2 at O.co Coliseum.

    1 September 1906 - In the longest game in franchise history, Boston loses 4-1 in 24 innings to Philadelphia; the game takes four hours and 47 minutes to complete and both starting pitchers, Jack Coombs of Philadelphia and Joe Harris of the Red Sox go the distance.

    1 September 1990 - Thanks in part to Mike Greenwell's inside-the-park grand slam, Boston posts a 15-1 win over New York at Fenway Park, their ninth win in a row.

    1 September 1996 - Making his first major-league start, Nomar Garciaparra hits a home run off future Red Sox reliever John Wasdin in an 8-3 win for Boston over Oakland.

    1 September 2007 - Rookie Clay Buchholz, in just his second major league start, throws a no-hitter at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles as the Red Sox win 10-0. He becomes the third pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-no in either his first or second career start.

    2 September 1935 - In a slugfest with the Senators, Red Sox pitcher Jack Wilson's game-winning home run in the 11th inning gives Boston a 9-8 win over Washington at Fenway Park in the opening game of a doubleheader. Joe Cronin helps the home team's cause with a grand slam.

    2 September 1946 - Red Sox pitcher Boo Ferriss wins his 12th straight and 24th start of the season in the opener of a twin-bill sweep of the Yankees, 5-2 and 3-1. Ferriss had also won 10 straight earlier that season to join Walter "Big Train" Johnson as the only big-league pitchers to accomplish the feat.

    2 September 1971 - Sonny Siebert pitches a complete game shutout and hits two home runs, the last American League pitcher to hit two home runs in a single game, as Boston defeats Baltimore 3-0 at Fenway Park.

    2 September 1974 - The Orioles sweep the Red Sox in a doubleheader in Baltimore by identical 1-0 scores, becoming the only American League team ever to lose to 1-0 games in a same day.

    2 September 1996 - Outfielder Mike Greenwell sets a major league record by driving home all nine Red Sox runs in a 9-8, 10-inning win over the Mariners in Seattle. Greenwell hits an RBI single, a two-run double, a two-run home run, and a grand slam for the record.

    3 September 1913 - For the second time this season, Boston is forced to use the opposition's road uniforms to play when their baggage fails to make it in time for the game. On 09 July, Boston defeated St. Louis in the Brown's road unis; on this day, they sweep a doubleheader against the Athletics in Philadelphia.

    3 September 2011 - With a 12-7 win over the Rangers, the Red Sox open a nine-game lead over the Rays for the American League wild card spot. Boston wins just six of its last 24 games in one of the worst collapses in baseball history.

    4 September 1981 - After the game is suspended the night before due to a 1:00 AM curfew, Seattle beats Boston 8-7 thanks to a run in the 20th inning scored off Bob Stanley. Jerry Remy ties a Red Sox record with six hits in 10 at-bats during the marathon affair, the longest in Fenway Park history.

    4 September 2000 - Number 27 is officially retired by the Red Sox in honor of catcher Carlton "Pudge" Fisk prior to a 5-1 win over Seattle at Fenway Park.

    4 September 2006 - Haverhill, MA native and Northeastern University graduate Carlos Pena hits a walk-off home run for the Red Sox in a 3-2 win over the White Sox in ten innings, less than a week after being picked off waivers by Boston.

    4 September 2013 - After a scoreless bottom of the first, the Red Sox score in every other inning of a 20-4 win over the Tigers at Fenway Park. David Ortiz collects his 2,000 hit with a sixth-inning double.

    5 September 1903 - Patsy Dougherty goes 5-for-5 with three triples, the only player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, as Boston wins 12-1 over Philadelphia.

    6 September 1904 - A 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader at Huntington Avenue Grounds marks the end of a 22-game winning streak for Boston against Washington dating back to 1903.

    6 September 1912 - In a historic match-up of two great pitchers, Smoky Joe Wood out-duels future Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in a 1-0 win for Boston over Washington at Fenway Park.

    6 September 2009 - Jon Lester becomes the tenth Boston pitcher in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a single season as the Red Sox win 6-1 over the White Sox. Lester joins Bruce Hurst as the only southpaws to reach this mark with the team.

    6 September 2010 - Red Sox rookie Ryan Kalish hits his second grand slam of the season in a 12-5 rout of the Rays at Fenway Park. Kalish, with 40 home runs total in five minor league seasons, finishes the regular season with four home runs in 53 games with Boston.

    6 September 2013 - Down by five runs after five innings, the Red Sox rally to win 12-8 over the Yankees in New York.

    Fenway Park Feature - Center Field Triangle

    Fun Fact: At 420 feet, dead center field at Fenway Park is one of the deepest parts of any ball park in Major League Baseball. Only four other parks boast a center field dimension as deep or deeper. ...more on the Center Field Triangle.

    Other Fenway Park features: CITGO Sign, Fisk Pole, Green Monster