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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 - Wade Boggs

    Years with Boston: 1982-1992
    Position: Third Base

    Fun Fact: As a rookie in 1982, Boggs so impressed the Boston organization (118 hits, .349 average) that they shipped Carney Lansford, who had won a batting title with the Red Sox in 1981, to Oakland and moved Boggs permanently to third base. ...more on Wade Boggs.

    Other Red Sox legends: Bill Lee, Mo Vaughn, Curt Schilling


    This Week in Red Sox History

    25 April 1945 - Despite having failed to get elected on six previous writers ballots, a committee created to select some old-time ballplayers select, among others, former Sox player-manager Jimmy Collins.

    26 April 1912 - First baseman Hugh Bradley hits a pitch over Fenway Park's left field wall for Boston, the first player ever to hit a home run at the new ballpark. It was the second of two career round-trippers for Bradley.

    26 April 1982 - Future Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs collects his first major league hit in a 3-2 win for the Red Sox over the White Sox in Chicago.

    27 April 1945 - With a 5-3 loss to the Athletics in Philadelphia, Boston sets a franchise record by losing the first eight games of the season.

    27 April 1995 - Boston signs free agent Tim Wakefield after the pitcher's release from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    27 April 1997 - Catcher Bill Haselman ties a Red Sox record with four extra base hits, three doubles and a home run, and four other Boston players homer in a 13-7 win in Baltimore over the Orioles.

    27 April 2002 - Derek Lowe pitches the first no-hitter at Fenway Park in 37 years, allowing just a leadoff walk in the third inning, as the Red Sox trounced the Devil Rays, 10-0.

    28 April 1938 - Boston ends a 6-1 win over New York at Yankee Stadium with a triple play. The base runners off with the pitch, the batter lines out to first baseman Jimmie Foxx, who them throws to Joe Cronin at second base for the second out. Cronin then fires back to Foxx at first to complete the trifecta.

    28 April 2009 - Boston's 11-game winning streak comes to an abrupt end in Cleveland as the Red Sox relinquish leads of 5-1, 7-3, and 8-7 in a 9-8 loss to the Indians. The streak included a stretch of nine games at Fenway Park sandwiched between wins on the road in Oakland and Cleveland.

    29 April 1945 - Boo Ferriss makes his major league debut, pitching a five-hit shutout against the Athletics as the Red Sox win 2-0 in the opening game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia.

    29 April 1986 - Roger Clemens sets a major league record by recording 20 strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Seattle at Fenway Park; he allows just three hits and walks none in the complete game effort.

    29 April 2006 - In a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay, Boston rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon earns his 10th save in 10 chances; he became the first big league pitcher to get 10 saves in April after entering that season without a save. He also sets a major league rookie record and the Red Sox team mark for saves during April.

    30 April 1901 - Following three losses to begin the season, Boston wins its first game in franchise history, besting the Athletics in Philadelphia 8-6 in extra innings after falling behind 6-1. It was the American League's first-ever extra inning game as Cy Young earned the win.

    30 April 1950 - Boston shuts out Philadelphia 19-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, scoring 11 runs in the fourth inning as Ted Williams hits a pair of three-run home runs in the game.

    30 April 1952 - The Red Sox bid Ted Williams farewell in his last game before leaving for duty with the Marines in response to the Korean War effort and the Splendid Splinter leaves a lasting impression with a home run in a 5-3 Boston victory at Fenway Park.

    30 April 1986 - Three Boston pitchers combine to strike out 16 Seattle batters in a 9-4 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners, one day after Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle batters.

    30 April 2003 - Boston rallies from a three-run deficit in the ninth against Kansas City thanks in part to three hit batsmen, two errors, and a wild pitch as the Red Sox win, 5-4.

    30 April 2008 - For the second game in a row, Boston beats Toronto with a ninth-inning, two-out base hit that scores the winning run; catcher Jason Varitek singles home Manny Ramirez to give the Sox a 2-1 win one day after Kevin Youkilis plates David Ortiz in a 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

    1 May 1984 - Second baseman Jerry Remy is called for a balk for being in foul territory preparing to back up an appeal to first base that never arrives.


    Fenway Park Feature - The Lone Red Seat

    Fun Fact: After Ted Williams passed in July of 2002, the Red Sox honored its former legend by keeping the red seat empty for the remainder of the season. Fans who has already purchased those tickets were given seat upgrades by the team. ...more on the The Lone Red Seat.

    Other Fenway Park features: Manual Scoreboard, Center Field Triangle, CITGO Sign