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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 - David Ortiz

    Born: 18 November 1975 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
    College: None
    Signed in 1992 by the Seattle Mariners

    Fun Fact: When Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992, he was originally listed as David Arias. Upon being traded to Minnesota in 1996, he informed the Twins that he preferred to be listed as David Ortiz. ...more on David Ortiz.

    Other Red Sox players: Junichi Tazawa, Xander Bogaerts, Koji Uehara

    Red Sox Legend - Johnny Pesky

    Years with Boston: 1942-1952
    Position: Shortstop

    Fun Fact: Pesky was the first Red Sox player to have his number retired by the team despite not meeting the usual criteria for consideration (10 years with the team and membership in Baseball's Hall of Fame). The team cited his nearly 60 years of service as reason enough. ...more on Johnny Pesky.

    Other Red Sox legends: Lefty Grove, Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro

    This Week in Red Sox History

    18 July 1990 - Boston (6) and Minnesota (4) combine to hit into ten double plays, a major league record, as the Red Sox prevail 6-4 against the Twins at Fenway Park.

    18 July 1998 - With two out in the fourth inning at Tiger Stadium, Boston scores seven runs on four home runs to tie a club record as the Red Sox go on to defeat the Tigers 9-4.

    18 July 2012 - Cody Ross hits a three-run blast over the Green Monster in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway Park to give the Red Sox a walk-off 3-1 win over the White Sox. It is the third three-run home run for Ross in the last two games.

    19 July 1933 - Brothers Wes and Rick Ferrell each hit a home run in a contest between the Red Sox and the Indians; Wes, a pitcher, hits one in the top of the fourth while Rick, the Boston catcher, hits one in the bottom half of the same frame.

    19 July 1976 - Due to Boston's slow start following a World Series appearance the year before, Darrell Johnson is fired by club management and replaced by third base coach Don Zimmer.

    19 July 2006 - Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon combine for Boston's second consecutive 1-0 shutout over Kansas City, the first time since 1916 that the Red Sox had won back-to-back 1-0 wins at Fenway Park. Rookie pitcher Jon Lester had allowed just one hit in eight innings of work the previous day against the Royals and Papelbon had worked a perfect ninth.

    19 July 2012 - Cody Ross hits a three-run blast over the Green Monster in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway Park to give the Red Sox a walk-off 3-1 win over the White Sox. It is the third three-run home run for Ross in the last two games.

    21 July 1915 - Playing in St. Louis, Babe Ruth hits a single, two doubles, and what is described as a "mammoth" home run while pitching a complete game in a 4-2 win for the Red Sox over the Browns. The home run leaves Sportsman's Park, lands on the sidewalk across the street, and shatters the window of an automobile dealership.

    21 July 1925 - Outfielder Roy Carlyle hits for the cycle as Boston wins the opener of a doubleheader at Comisky Park in Chicago, 6-3.

    21 July 1946 - Ted Williams hits safely in seven consecutive at-bats during a doubleheader and, in the second game, hits for the cycle as Boston wins 5-0 and 7-4 over St. Louis.

    21 July 1959 - The Red Sox become the last team to integrate in major league baseball as Pumpsie Green comes in as a pinch runner in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss in Chicago.

    22 July 1935 - For the second day in a row, Wes Ferrell is the hero of the day as he hits his second consecutive, come-from-behind, walk-off home run for the Red Sox. The day before, the home run came as a pinch hitter; today, he makes himself the winning pitcher.

    22 July 2008 - Jonathan Papelbon notches save number 30 on the season, the first Boston pitcher to save at least 30 games in three separate seasons, as the Red Sox double up the Seattle Mariners, 4-2.

    22 July 2012 - Jon Lester allows 11 earned runs over four-plus innings in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The last Red Sox pitcher to allow 11 runs in a game was Doug Bird in 1983.

    23 July 1931 - Going from one extreme to the other, right fielder Earl Webb hits into a triple play, then hits a home run in a 13-4 win over Chicago at Fenway Park.

    23 July 1956 - Joe Cronin, along with Hank Greenburg, is officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

    23 July 1967 - Red Sox right fielder Tony Conigliaro hits home runs in both ends of a twin bill in Cleveland. The twin blasts give him 101 for his career, which makes him the second youngest player to reach that mark behind only Mel Ott.

    23 July 2002 - Celebrating his 29th birthday, Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits three home in the span of two innings, as Boston destroys the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 22-4. Garciaparra becomes the first player to hit three home runs over two consecutive innings and also ties a record with five home runs in consecutive ball games.

    23 July 2007 - Nearly one year after being diagnosed with lymphoma, Jon Lester returns to the mound in Cleveland and goes six full innings to earn the win in his first start since the previous August. After the season, in recognition of his recovery, the southpaw is honored with the 2007 Tony Conigliaro Award.

    23 July 2011 - Red sox skipper Terry Francona collects managerial win number 1,000 in a 3-1 win over the Mariners at Fenway Park. The first 285 were with the Philadelphia Phillies between 1997 and 2000.

    24 July 1979 - Carl Yastrzemski sets another mark in the Red Sox record books with his 400th home run in the seventh inning in a 7-3 victory over the Athletics at Fenway Park.

    24 July 2004 - Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez rumble after the latter is hit by a Bronson Arroyo pitch in the third; Boston gets the last laugh and rallies to win 11-10 over New York at Fenway Park thanks to Bill Mueller's two-run home run in the ninth off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

    Fenway Park Feature - CITGO Sign

    Fun Fact: The original neon sign featuring the "trimark" logo used nearly 6,000 glass tubes, but these were replaced with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and unveiled to the public in March 2005 after a six-month restoration project. ...more on the CITGO Sign.

    Other Fenway Park features: Fisk Pole, Green Monster, Monster Seats