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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Pirates 9-16-14

This rematch of the 1903 World Series is only the fourth series between the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates since the start of interleague play, and first since 2011. Although the Red Sox have a large statistical edge, they only lead by one in the win column. Red Sox vs. Pirates, Regular Season – All-Time Red Sox/Pirates Wins   …

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Beamon Takes One Giant Leap for Mankind – 1968

MEXICO CITY – Records are made to be broken – but shattered like this? Bob Beamon didn’t just win the gold medal with a remarkable leap of 29 feet, 2½ inches at the 1968 Summer Games, he eclipsed the limit of what many thought was humanly possible. Not only did he become the first man to surpass 29 feet, but …

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Fan of the Week – Todd Messore

Todd Messore of Milton, MA has been named FAN OF THE WEEK (week of 9/8/14) and will receive a Red Sox baseball cap to show appreciation for submitting a Fresh Takes topic. Todd wanted us to highlight the recent achievements of some of his Red Sox favorites – rookies Xander Bogaert and Mookie Betts, and veteran David Ortiz. Read the Fresh Takes blog Danny …

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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Royals 9-11-14

Kansas City Royals pitchers picked up their 13th shutout of the season (and third this month) by blanking Detroit 3-0 on Wednesday. Royals, Most Shutouts, Season – All-Time Year      ShO       Year      ShO 1972      16       2014      13 1977      15       1989      13 1971      15       1986      13 1978      14       1974      13 After going just 2-5 against the Royals last year, the Boston Red …

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Pregame Notes: Orioles at Red Sox 9-10-14

Tuesday was the sixth time this season that Baltimore pitchers have held the Red Sox to one or zero runs in a game. Orioles, Most Gms Holding Red Sox to 1 or 0 Runs, Season (since 1954) Year      Gms 1976      7 1954      7 2014      6 1964      6 1957      6 Although the records are similar, Baltimore has put up better numbers …

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Dominant Gibson Ks 17 in Fall Classic – 1968

In the famed year of the pitcher, none was more intimidating than Bob Gibson. The Cardinals’ hard-throwing righty compiled 13 shutouts, 268 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA – the third-best mark of all-time. But the winner of the NL MVP and Cy Young award that season saved his best performance for one of his last: Game 1 of the World …

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Orioles at Red Sox 9-9-14

The Orioles have had success when playing AL East teams on the road this season. Highest Road Win Pct vs. Own Division Opponents – 2014 Team                       Own Div           W-L (Pct) Los Angeles Dodgers        NL West          22-10 (.688) Baltimore Orioles             AL East            19-10 (.655) Detroit Tigers …

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Gamble on Castillo Paying Off for Red Sox

The skeptics questioned it, the die-hard fans weren’t sure what to think, and the haters shook their heads when the Red Sox signed Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million agreement back in August. But sometimes the doubters can be wrong. Castillo is showing his true potential while playing in the Red Sox minor league system – a surprising development …

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Pregame Notes: Orioles at Red Sox 9-8-14

It’s been nothing short of an abysmal season for the Boston Red Sox, the team’s worst in quite some time – especially offensively. Red Sox’ 2014 Offensive Numbers, With Franchise Comparison Lowest for Bos Since. . . Runs/Game       3.87          1992 (3.70) Batting Avg       .243          1968 (.236) Slug Pct         …

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Fan of the Week – Jenny Rodgers

Jenny Rodgers of Natick, MA has been named FAN OF THE WEEK (week of 9/1/14) and will receive a Red Sox baseball cap to show appreciation for suggesting an Ultimate Matchup. Jenny wanted to compare the performance of Miguel Cabrera & David Ortiz in 2013. View the Ultimate Matchup we created at her request here. Thanks to Jenny for suggesting an Ultimate Matchup.

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Pregame Notes: Blue Jays at Red Sox 9-5-14

The Blue Jays are looking to go 9-0 at Fenway Park this season, an historical rarity. The Blue Jays won 15 games in a row over Boston at Fenway Park from August 11, 1987 thru August 16, 1989. It’s by far the longest winning streak ever by an opponent at Fenway. The second-longest winning streak by a visiting team at …

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Two Rookies & One Veteran Make Headlines in Series Against Yanks

Last Tuesday during the first of a three-game series against the Yankees, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts became the first pair of Red Sox rookies to homer in the same game while at Yankee Stadium in over 60 years. The last rookies to do so were Dick Gernert and Faye Throneberry in 1952. Betts collected three hits during the contest, …

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