Lefty fans 10 in Boston debut; Ortiz adds to his legend
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday …
• The visiting Red Sox, while getting contributions from new and old members of the team, defeated the Indians, 6-2. On the new side, David Price fanned 10 in his Boston debut to claim status as the club's first hurler since Pedro Martinez in 1998 to make his first Red Sox appearance on Opening Day and strike out at least 10. The old -- David Ortiz -- homered and doubled. While the long ball may have been more newsworthy (it tied Ortiz with Eddie Murray for 26th on the all-time home run list with 504), the two-base hit added to Ortiz's superior career percentage of extra-base hits. The Boston slugger has compiled 1,107 extra-base hits in 9,470 career plate appearances for a percentage of 11.69, which ranks seventh in baseball history for any player with at least 5,000 plate appearances. Ortiz's percentage trails only those produced by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Albert Belle, Juan Gonzalez and Albert Pujols.
• In the Astros' 5-3 Opening Day win against the Yankees, shortstop Carlos Correa (21 years, 196 days old) became the second-youngest shortstop since 1913 to homer on Opening Day. Correa slots in between Robin Yount (19 years and 204 days in '75) and Derek Jeter (21 years and 281 days in '96).
• In their Opening Day loss to the Astros, the Yankees fielded a couple of interesting age-related items. Starlin Castro (26 years and 12 days old) and Didi Gregorius (26 years and 47 days) made up New York's keystone combo. The most recent season in which the Yanks' Opening Day starting second baseman and shortstop were each younger than 27 years old: 1978, when Willie Randolph (23 years, 276 days) and Bucky Dent (26 years, 134 days) were the middle infielders. Alex Rodriguez (40 years and 253 days) stole a base. Since 1913, two other 40-year-olds have had an Opening Day swipe: Murray (40 years and 38 days) in '96, and Barry Bonds (42 years and 253 days ) in 2007.
• Rockies shortstop Trevor Story became the second Major Leaguer -- after Charlie Reilly in 1889 -- to follow up a two-homer Major League debut with a home run in his second game. Story is the third player with three homers through his first two Major League games, joining Reilly and Joe Cunningham. In 1954, Cunningham homered once in his debut and followed that with a two-homer game the next day.
• A game after Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw surrendered one hit in seven scoreless innings as part of a 15-0 victory, fellow Los Angeles lefty Scott Kazmir limited San Diego to one hit in six shutout frames. Behind the effort, the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 3-0. Dating back to 1913, no other team had starters in each of its first two games go at least six innings and finish the efforts with no more than one hit allowed. This season marks the third time since 1893 that the Dodgers had shut out their opponent in each of the first two games of the year. They also accomplished the feat in 1940 and '74.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.