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Closing The Books On 2014

The 2014 Red Sox baseball season was one of disappointment as Boston was unable to repeat as World Series champions and finished last in the American League East for the second time in three seasons. Even so, as this year draws to a close, we look forward as always to another season of baseball, hopefully ending as it did in 2013 with another World Series title for the local nine.

Some dates to mark down on your calendar:

12 February: Truck Day
20 February: Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers
25 February: All players report to Fort Myers
05 March: First official spring training game (versus Minnesota)
06 March: First spring training game at JetBlue Park (versus Miami)
06 April: Opening Day versus Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park
10 April: First game versus New York at Yankee Stadium
13 April: Opening Day at Fenway Park (versus Washington)
01 May: First game versus New York at Fenway Park

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    Featured Player - Clay Buchholz

    Born: 14 August 1984 in Nederland, TX
    College: Angelina (TX) JC
    Drafted in 2005 by the Boston Red Sox

    Fun Fact: In the course of throwing a no-hitter in just his second major league start, Buchholz threw 115 pitches. Having not thrown more than 98 pitches in any previous appearances that year at any level, GM Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona confirmed after the game that, had he reached the 120 pitch mark, Buchholz would have been pulled in favor of a reliever. ...more on Clay Buchholz.

    Other Red Sox players: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino


    Red Sox Legend - Tris Speaker

    Years with Boston: 1907-1915
    Position: Center Field

    Fun Fact: Speaker is remembered today more for his superb defensive skills, despite a batting average of .337 during his nine years with the Red Sox, third in team history behind only fellow Red Sox Hall of Fame players Ted Williams and Wade Boggs. ...more on Tris Speaker.

    Other Red Sox legends: Fred Lynn, Bill Carrigan, Wade Boggs


    This Week in Red Sox History

    25 February 1933 - In the midst of the Great Depression, Bob Quinn sells the Red Sox franchise to Thomas Austin Yawkey, who had celebrated his 30th birthday four days earlier.

    25 February 2008 - Manager Terry Francona agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Red Sox that runs through the 2011 season, with team options for 2012 and 2013. Francona has two World Series titles to his credit after the franchise had suffered an 86-year championship drought.

    26 February 1946 - Ted Williams, back from serving in World War II, hits the first pitch he sees in spring training for a home run.

    26 February 1992 - Owner Jean Yawkey, widow of Tom Yawkey, passes away at the age of 83, as ownership passes to a trust managed by John Harrington, who continues as club president.

    28 February 2002 - Dan Duquette, after eight seasons as general manager, is fired less than a day after new ownership takes control of the Red Sox.

    1 March 1954 - Ted Williams suffers a broken collarbone on the first day of spring training. The "Splendid Splinter" will miss the first four weeks of the regular season as a result.

    1 March 2012 - Catcher Jason Varitek makes it official and retires after 15 seasons with the Red Sox in which he caught four no-hitters. He also ends his career having caught 1,488 games, most in franchise history.


    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