Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bay Gets to Rivera

On this day in Red Sox history.....

April 24, 2009

Mariano Rivera is charged with a rare blown save in the first matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox this season. With two outs in the 9th inning, Rivera gives up a two-run home run to Jason Bay to tie the score, 4 - 4. Kevin Youkilis homers over the Green Monster in the 11th for a 5 - 4 Boston win.



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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Red Sox History Notebook: Hideo Nomo's Red Sox Debut

April 4th, 2001

Hideo Nomo hurls a 3 - 0 no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles in his Boston Red Sox debut. It is Nomo's second career no-hitter, making him the fourth pitcher in major league history to pitch one in both the National League and the American League, joining Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan, and Cy Young in exclusive company. It is also the earliest no-hitter, by date, in major league history.

Here is the full boxscore

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

MLB History Notebook: Albert Belle Gets Paid

On this day 1997, the Chicago White Sox agreed to Albert Belle $10 million for the season which is $928,333 more than the entire Pittsburgh Pirates payroll.

It is the first time in Major League Baseball history that one player will make more money in a season than an entire team.

Currently the Tampa Bay Rays have the smallest payroll in baseball coming in at $60.4 million. Mike Trout, the highest paid player in baseball this season, will make just over $36 million.

SAL Notebook: Top Prospect List

The South Atlantic League opens their 2019 season on Thursday. The rosters for each team were released over the last couple of days and there are six players on the SAL rosters that are ranked in the Baseball America Top 100. Here are the top ranked prospects that will start the 2019 season in the South Atlanitc League:

 1) The top prospect in the league is Alec Bohm. Bohm is the #63 ranked prospect in all of baseball. He is a third baseman and will start the season with the Lakewood BlueClaws who are an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 2) Jarred Kelenic is is an outfielder and is the #66 ranked prospect in all of baseball. He will start the season with the West Virginia Power who are an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. He was the top prospect involved in the trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets

3) Hans Crouse is the only Top 100 prospect that is a pitcher who will start the season in the SAL. Crouse will play for the Hickory Crawdads who are an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He is the #71 ranked prospect in all of pro baseball

 4) O'neil Cruz is the #79 ranked prospect in all of pro baseball. He is one of three shortstops on this list. He will start the season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers who are an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates

 5) Luis Garcia is also a shortstop and will also be on the Lakewood BlueClaws, joining top prospect Alec Bohm. Garcia and Bohm are the only teammates who are in the Top 100 in all of Class A baseball. Garcia is the #86 ranked prospect in all of pro baseball

6) Ronny Mauricio is the third shortstop on the list. He is ranked #98 and will start the season with the Columbia Fireflies which is an affiliate of the New York Mets.

Hitting: Alec Bohm, Jarred Kelenic, Luis Garcia and Ronny Mauricio all have a 60 rating for their hit tool

Power: Alec Bohm, O'neil Cruz and Ronny Mauricio all have a 60 rating for their power tool.

Speed:  O'neil Cruz and Luis Garcia both have a 55 rating for their speed tool

Defense: Luis Garcia leads the way defensively with a 60 rating for his defense tool

Arm:  Ronny Mauricio leads the way here with an astounding 70 rating for his arm tool

Red Sox History Notebook: Youkilis Gets Defensive at First Base

On this date in 1998, Kevin Youkilis plays his 194th consecutive error-free game at first base, breaking Steve Garvey's 23-year-old major league record. The Red Sox beat the A's, 5 - 0, as six players get two hits and Jon Lester and two relievers team up on a shutout.

His last error at first base took place during the 2006 season. His streak would get to 223 when on May 18th he would finally make an error at first base in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Youkilis would make three more errors at first base during the 2008 season

Monday, April 1, 2019

Red Sox By The Numbers: Will Price Be Right?

It was only four days but it certainly felt like a full week. The Red Sox are off to a 1-3 start and let's be honest, they should have been 0-4 if not for the late game heroics of Mitch Moreland. It is a new week but the Sox still remain out on the road for more late night games. Let's take a look at the betting damage the Red Sox may have cost you this week.

he Red Sox were big favorites in all four games and of course only won one of them. If you bet $100 on the Red Sox to win each game you would be in the hole $237. If you bet $100 on the Red Sox to cover the runline, you would be 0-4 and down $400

David Price makes his first start of the year tonight. I will go out on a limb and say when tonight's game is over David Price will have pitched the best game from a Red Sox starter in 2019. The A's will counter with Aaron Brooks. The Sox have no days off this week and a lot of late night games once again. The four game series starts with the Athletics tonight and then the Sox travel to Arizona for a three game series. The Sox will finally get a day off a week from today and then they will finally play their first home game on April 9th against the Blue Jays. It looks like Nathan Eovaldi will get the start for the Red Sox as they open Fenway Park for the 2019 season.

Dustin Pedroia will head to Greenville, SC to play for the Red Sox Single A affiliate when they open their season on Thursday, April 4th. Pedroia is going to attempt to play in three straight games to test out his surgery repaired knee. A decision will be made next weekend to see if Pedroia could possibly be back on the Red Sox roster for the home opener.

On this date in 1996, Roger Clemens made his last Opening Day start as a member of the Red Sox. Roger would be wild that day walking six batters and striking out only five. The Red Sox would lose to the Rangers that day. Clemens would strike out 20 batters in a game for the second time in his career in September of 1996 against the Tigers. Clemens would sign with the Blue Jays as a free agent following the 1996 season.