|MLB Career Stats||3749||653||1053||150||618||26||.281||.382||.861|
|07/09/2012||Chi White Sox||AL|
|2008||.312||6th in AL|
|2009||.305||13th in AL|
|2008||29||12th in AL|
|2009||27||22nd in AL|
|2008||115||4th in AL|
|2009||94||18th in AL|
|2007||.843||21st in AL|
|2008||.958||4th in AL|
|2009||.961||2nd in AL|
|2011||.833||18th in AL|
|2006||.381||16th in AL|
|2007||.390||12th in AL|
|2008||.390||6th in AL|
|2009||.413||2nd in AL|
|2011||.373||14th in AL|
|2008||.569||3rd in AL|
|2009||.548||5th in AL|
|2006||100||14th in AL|
|2008||91||22nd in AL|
|2009||99||13th in AL|
|2006||91||7th in AL|
|2007||77||15th in AL|
|2009||77||13th in AL|
|2011||68||19th in AL|
|2008||168||22nd in AL|
|2006||42||8th in AL|
|2008||43||7th in AL|
|2009||36||18th in AL|
|2011||32||21st in AL|
|2008||4||19th in AL|
|2010||5||9th in AL|
|2006||680||14th in AL|
|2008||306||8th in AL|
|2006||120||13th in AL|
|2009||125||16th in AL|
|2008||5||21st in AL|
|2006||9||17th in AL|
|2007||15||6th in AL|
|2008||12||5th in AL|
|2009||16||4th in AL|
|2010||10||10th in AL|
|2011||14||3rd in AL|
|2012||17||1st in AL|
|October 31, 2013||New York Yankees activated 3B Kevin Youkilis from the 60-day disabled list.|
|July 7, 2013||New York Yankees transferred 3B Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. June 2013 back surgery.|
|June 14, 2013||New York Yankees placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list. Lumbar strain.|
|May 31, 2013||New York Yankees activated 3B Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list.|
|May 29, 2013||New York Yankees sent 3B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Trenton Thunder.|
|April 30, 2013||New York Yankees placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28, 2013. lumbar spine sprain|
|December 14, 2012||New York Yankees signed free agent 3B Kevin Youkilis.|
|November 3, 2012||3B Kevin Youkilis elected free agency.|
|June 25, 2012||Boston Red Sox traded 3B Kevin Youkilis to Chicago White Sox for CF Brent Lillibridge and RHP Zach Stewart.|
|May 22, 2012||Kevin Youkilis roster status changed by Boston Red Sox.|
|May 16, 2012||sent 3B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|May 2, 2012||Boston Red Sox placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 29, 2012. lower back strain|
|May 1, 2012||Kevin Youkilis roster status changed by Boston Red Sox.|
|September 28, 2011||Boston Red Sox placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 60-day disabled list. sports hernia/left hip bursitis|
|September 2, 2011||Boston Red Sox activated 3B Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list.|
|August 30, 2011||sent 1B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|August 18, 2011||Boston Red Sox placed 3B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list. Sore back.|
|November 8, 2010||Boston Red Sox activated 3B Kevin Youkilis from the 60-day disabled list.|
|September 13, 2010||Boston Red Sox transferred 1B Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.|
|August 3, 2010||Boston Red Sox placed 1B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list. Right thumb adductor muscle tear.|
|May 20, 2009||Boston Red Sox activated 1B Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list.|
|May 18, 2009||Boston Red Sox sent 1B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|May 12, 2009||Boston Red Sox placed 1B Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5, 2009. Left oblique strain.|
MVP VOTE: Finished 3rd in 2008 A.L. MVP voting as conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America...Received 201 points (2 firsts, 4 2nds, 4 3rds), trailing Dustin Pedroia (317 points) and Minnesota's Justin Morneau (257 points)...Joined Morneau as the only players named on all ballots...With Pedroia became the first pair of teammates to finish among the top 3 in A.L. MVP voting since Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (first) and Bret Boone (3rd) in 2001 and the first Red Sox duo to do so since Roger Clemens (first) and Jim Rice (3rd) in 1986.
BATTING: Set a career high with a .312 batting average...Started hitting .378 (28-for-74) in his first 19 games through April 20...Went 3-for-34 over his next 10 contests, falling to .287 through May 2...Then went on a .394 (26-for-66) tear in next 16 games before a .197 (12-for-61) slide in the following 16 contests left him at .294 on June 10...Hit .327 (99-for-303) over his final 82 games, going over the .300 mark for good on June 12...Finished with a .333 (15-for-45) average over final 14 games and was 7-for-17 with 3 homers and 8 RBI in 6 games on final homestand.
Hit safely in 101 of 143 games with a plate appearance, reaching safely in 124 contests...Was on base via a hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 44 consecutive games from July 12-September 10, the longest such streak in the majors in 2008 and the longest by a Red Sox since Wade Boggs, 57 games from May 27-July 31, 1985...Season-high hitting streak was 12 games, July 23-August 5...Posted a season-high 4 hits, June 27 at Houston.
BY THE NUMBERS: Ranked 6th among A.L. qualifiers with a .374 (55-for-147) average with runners in scoring position and was 7th with a .344 (53-for-154) mark in day games...Had league's 6th-best average versus righthanders at .318 (138-434)...Batted .400 (22-for-55) in interleague play.
HOME RUNS/RBI: His 29 homers were the most for a Red Sox righthanded batter other than Manny Ramirez (6 times with 29+) and Nomar Garciaparra (3 times) since Nick Esasky (30) in 1989...Hit 23 homers while playing first base, most for a Red Sox since Mo Vaughn (36) in 1998...Homered every 18.55 atbats, 10th best ratio in the league.
Hit 2 homers in a game 4 times, tying Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Chicago's Carlos Quentin for the 2nd-most multi-HR games in the A.L. behind Cleveland's Grady Sizemore (5): April 22 vs. Los Angeles; June 22 vs. St. Louis; August 2 vs. Oakland; and August 12 vs. Texas...Had 3 game-winning homers in the 8th inning or later: June 14 at Cincinnati (10th inning); June 22 vs. St. Louis (walk-off in 13th inning); and August 12 vs. Texas (8th inning)...Connected his first career grand slam, July 12 vs. Baltimore... Had 6 homers in 7 games, May 4-10.
Had 32 multi-RBI games, 3rd most in the A.L. behind Texas' Josh Hamilton (40) and Minnesota's Justin Morneau (33)...Had 65 RBI in final 61 games beginning July 9 with 14 in first 6 games of that span...Drove in a career-high 6 runs, July 12 vs. Baltimore.
IN THE FIELD: Ranked 5th among A.L. qualifiers with a .996 (4 E/1014 TC) fielding percentage in 125 games at first base...Error on June 7 was first at that position since July 4, 2006 at Tampa Bay, a major league record span of 238 errorless games and 2,002 total chances without an error... Fielded .969 (3 E/96 TC) in 35 games at 3rd base...Played 1st and 3rd base in the same game 19 times...Also appeared defensively twice in right field. Odds and ends: Missed time during the season with sore right hand and back spasms...Batted in the 2nd through 6th spots in the order.2007 SUMMARY: Finished 2nd on the club in on-base percentage (.390) and 3rd in walks (77), ranking 12th and 15th, respectively among A.L. players...Tied for 3rd on the Red Sox in runs (85) and placed 4th in batting average (.288), games (145-tied), at bats (528), hits (152), and RBI (83)...Established career bests for average, homers and RBI...Started 124 games at 1st base and 12 at 3rd base...Selected as the 2007 recipient of the Jackie Jensen Award for spirit and determination by the Boston BBWAA chapter.
SEASON BREAKDOWN/LONG STREAK: Hit .242 in season's 1st 17 games through April 23 before going on a .407 (55-135) tear in his next 32 contests, improving to .353 on June 1...Hit safely in 23 straight games from May 5-June 1, tied for the 3rd longest streak in the majors in 2007...Batted .426 (43-for-101) with 13 doubles, 6 home runs, 21 RBI and 21 runs during the streak...Played in 21 games at first base during that span for the 2nd longest streak ever by a Red Sox first baseman (George Burns, 23 in 1922)...Collected at least 2 hits in 17 of the 23 games...Had multi-hits in 9 straight games from May 20-29, tied with Jim Rice (1978) for the longest such streak ever by a Red Sox...Reached a season best .358 on May 29.
Was still as high as .335 through June 26, then went 7-for-45 in next 15 games to drop to .309 on July 20...Had a .292 (21-72) average in net 18 games and was still at .306 on August 8...Batted .235 (32-136) in final 41 contests...Had season best 3 hits on 5 occasions.
MR. MAY: Was a unanimous selection as the Red Sox Player of the Month for May, as voted on by the writers and broadcasters that travel with the club on a regular basis...Ranked among major league leaders (minimum 60 at-bats) for the month in batting average (2nd, .402), on-base percentage (7th, .447) and doubles (T1st, 13)...Hit safely in 25 of his 26 May games, including each of his final 22, with 6 homers, 22 RBI and 23 runs scored.
DEFENSE: Among A.L. 1st baseman, ranked 4th in assists (90) and 6th in total chances (1080)...Fielded .921 (3 E/38 TC) in 13 total games at 3rd base...Career fielding percentage at 3rd is .960 (11 E/276 TC) in 118 games.
2007 NOTES: Was out of the lineup for 5 straight games from July 4-8 with tightness in his left quad...Sat out 7 games with a bruised right wrist after being hit with a Chien-Ming Wang pitch on September 15 vs. New York...Batted in every spot in the order except leadoff and 9th, seeing most of action in the No. 2 hole (.305 in 64 games)...Batted .329 (49-149) with runners in scoring position, .350 (7-20) with the bases loaded...Had .340 average (83-244) with runners on base...Hit .364 (12-33) with 4 homers when putting the 1st pitch of an at-bat in play...Ranked 3rd among A.L. 1st basemen with an .845 OPS...Was hit by 15 pitches, 6th most in the A.L....Struck out at least once in 14 straight games from August 8-22 (20 K's total)...Struck out 75 times in his final 85 games beginning June 14 after fanning just 30 times in his first 60 contests...Legged out his 1st career inside-the-park home run on May 28 vs. Cleveland, the 1st by a Red Sox since Trot Nixon on July 15, 2005 vs. the Yankees...Homered in back-to-back game on 2 occasions, May 19-20 and May 28-29.
DEFENSIVE EXCELLENCE: In 2007, became the 1st qualifying 1st baseman in American League history to compile a 1.000 fielding percentage, handling 1,080 total chances without an error in 135 games/124 starts... San Diego's Steve Garvey, who handled 1,319 errorless chances over 159 games in 1984, is the only other qualifier ever with a 1.000 fielding percentage at 1st base...Youkilis' 135 consecutive errorless games in 2007 were an American League record surpassing Tampa Bay's Travis Lee (121), May 9-September 28, 2003...Since committing his last error on July 4, 2006 at Tampa Bay, has handled 1,587 chances and played in 190 games...The latter is an American League record (previous being Mike Hegan, 178 from 1970- 73) and 3 shy of the major league mark, set by Garvey from June 26, 1983-April 14, 1985...The major league record for consecutive errorless chances is 1,700 by Stuffy McInnis, who accomplished that feat with Boston and Cleveland from May 31, 1921-June 2, 1922.
Has a career fielding percentage of .998 (5 E/2238 TC) in 271 games at 1st base, the highest figure in major league history among all players with at least 250 games at 1B.
SOLID GOLD: Was selected as the 1st baseman on the 2007 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Team...Was just the 2nd Red Sox 1st baseman to ever earn a Gold Glove, joining 3-time recipient George Scott (1967; 1968; 1971)...The voting is conducted by American League managers and coaches...Was only the 2nd Boston player to earn a Gold Glove in the last 16 seasons (beginning 1992) with catcher Jason Varitek being honored in 2005.
REACHING BASE: Has compiled a .385 on-base percentage over the last 2 seasons, 12th highest among all A.L. players in that span...Ranked 11th in the league with a .390 figure in 2007 and tied for 14th at .381 in 2006.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: Is averaging 4.34 pitches per plate appearance in 2006-07, 2nd in the majors in that period behind Bobby Abreu (4.42) among players with at least 1,000 PA...Overall has seen 5670 pitches the last 2 seasons, 4th in the majors behind Abreu (6116), Grady Sizemore (6114), and Jimmy Rollins (5806)... Ranked 5th in the A.L. with an average of 4.27 pitches seen per plate appearance and was 11th with 2,666 total pitches seen in 2007...Led the A.L. with an average of 4.42 pitches faced per plate appearance in 2006 and ranked 2nd with 3,004 total pitches seen, 9 less than Sizemore.
POSTSEASON PLAY: Had a .388 (19-49) batting average with 4 homers and 10 RBI while seeing action in all 14 of Boston's 2007 playoff games...Was the 5th highest average ever for a Red Sox player in a single post-season (35 or more PA)...Scored 16 runs, matching the most ever for a Red Sox and matched the 4th most hits...Hit safely in 10 of the 1st 11 playoff games and was hitting .442 (19-43) through the 5th inning of World Series Game 1... Was hitless in final 6 trips...Started 1st 12 games of the post-season at 1st base and was a defensive replacement for David Ortiz in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series in Colorado.
Went 3-for-12 with 2 RBI and Game 1 homer off John Lackey in the ALDS versus Los Angeles...Hit safely in all 7 ALCS games against Cleveland at .500 (14-28) with 3 homers and 7 RBI...Tied Hideki Matsui and Albert Pujols (both 2004) for the most hits ever in an LCS and set an ALCS record with 10 runs...Established ALCS 7-game series marks for highest batting average, on-base percentage (.576), and slugging (.929)...Homered in Games 4, 5, and 7...Drove in 3 runs in Game 5 and had 3 hits in each of final 2 LCS contests...Committed error at 1st base in Game 4...Was 2-for-9 with one RBI in the World Series.2006 SUMMARY: Spent his first full season in the majors, batting .279 with 42 doubles, 13 home runs, 72 RBI, 100 runs and 91 walks in 147 games...batted at least once in every spot in the batting order except 9th...started 117 games at first, 17 in left and 10 at third.
CHECKING THE LEADERBOARD: Youkilis in 2006 ranked among American League leaders in walks (7th with 91), doubles (8th with 42), runs scored (T14th with 100) and on-base percentage (T14th at .381).
A WORTHY SACRIFICE: Tied for the major league lead with 11 sacrifice flies, one shy of the club record shared by Jackie Jensen (1955 and 1959) and Jimmy Piersall (1956).
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: Led the A.L. with an average of 4.42 pitches faced per plate appearance and ranked 2nd with 3,004 total pitches seen (Grady Sizemore, 3,013)...only Bobby Abreu (4.45) saw more pitches per plate appearance in the majors.
LEADING THE WAY: Posted a .385 on-base percentage (112 hits, 63 walks, 5 HBP in 467 plate appearances) in 95 games as Boston's leadoff hitter, the majors' 2nd-best figure from that spot in the order (Toronto's Reed Johnson, .391). Youkilis had 4 homers to lead off the game in 2006, also the first 4 of his career...he is just the 6th Red Sox in club history to hit at least 4 leadoff homers in a season, joining Nomar Garciaparra (7 in 1997), Dwight Evans (5 in 1985), Mike Andrews (4 in 1970), Tommy Harper (4 in both 1972 and 1973), Bernie Carbo (4 in 1975) and Ellis Burks (4 in 1987). On July 2 at Dolphin Stadium, both Youkilis and Florida's Hanley Ramirez led off the game with a homer...the Red Sox were last involved in a game in which both teams hit a leadoff homer on July 15, 1999, when Jose Offerman led off the game for the Red Sox and Doug Glanville led off for the Phillies at Fenway Park.
CLUTCH PERFORMER: Led the club and tied for 8th in the A.L. with a .375 (24-for-64) batting average with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...boasted a .524 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position and 2 outs, the 4th-best figure in the A.L...also led the team with a .325 (40-for-123) mark overall with men in scoring position...hit .305 (25-for-82) in close-and-late situations...went 4-for-13 (.308) with the bases loaded.
TALE OF 2 HALVES: Batted .297 (94-for-317) with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 83 games before the All-Star break and .258 (65-for-252) with 3 homers and 29 RBI in 64 games after the break...was hitting .318 (88-for-277) with 9 home runs and 38 RBI in his first 72 games through June 28, but hit just .243 (71-for-292) over his final 75 contests...batted .299 (26-for-87) in April, .333 (33-for-99) in May, .309 (30-for-97) in June, .236 (25-for-106) in July, .274 (29-for-106) in August and .216 (16-for-74) in September.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Appeared in 127 games at first base, 18 in left field and 16 at third base...committed 5 errors at first, 3 at third and none in left...ranked 4th among A.L. first basemen with a .995 fielding percentage...his action in left field came mainly when Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup with soreness in his right knee...marked the first outfield experience of Youkilis' major league career...made his debut in left on May 27 and started 15 games at that position from August 27 through the end of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batted .310 (91-for-294) in 74 games at Fenway but only .247 (68-for-275) in 73 games on the road...renowned for his patience at the plate, still hit .364 (12-for-33) when putting the first pitch of an at-bat in play...batted .386 (22-for-57) on an 0-1 count...hit .296 (119-for-402) at night but just .240 (40-for-167) in day games.
MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: Dates of his 4 leadoff home runs: April 19 vs. Tampa Bay off Doug Waechter; May 5 vs. Baltimore off Rodrigo Lopez; June 17 at Atlanta off Lance Cormier; and July 2 at Florida off Josh Johnson...had a season-high 3 hits in a game 9 times, last on August 3 vs. Cleveland...scored 3 runs in a game on 3 occasions, last on September 10 vs. Kansas City...had a seasonhigh 3 RBI 4 times...had 3 games with 3 or more walks, including a career-high 4 free passes on July 9 at Chicago...that July 9 contest also saw the last of his 5 stolen bases on the season...legged out 2 triples: May 20 at Philadelphia and September 24 at Toronto.2005 SUMMARY: Split the year between Boston and Pawtucket, appearing in 44 games during 5 stints with the Red Sox and in 43 games during 4 stints with the PawSox...with Boston, batted .278 (22-for-79) with 7 doubles, a home run and 9 RBI...with Pawtucket, finished at .322 (49-for-152) with 15 doubles, a triple, 8 homers and 27 RBI...September 18 vs. Baltimore, fractured the tip of the ring finger on his right hand fielding a ground ball...did not play again until October 2, the final day of the regular season, when he went in the field but did not bat.
UPS AND DOWNS: On the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, Youkilis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket April 13, when Curt Schilling was activated from the 15-day D.L...was recalled April 30 before again being optioned July 10...returned to the big leagues July 18, but was optioned back to Triple-A 2 days later without having appeared in a game...was recalled August 8 only to again be optioned to Pawtucket August 16...was recalled for the final time August 31.
PLAYING THE FIELD: Made 23 appearances (14 starts) at third base, while also playing 9 games (5 starts) at first base and 2 games (one start) at second...had not previously played first or second in the majors...made his first appearance and start at first base May 16 at Oakland...appeared as a defensive replacement at second September 2 vs. Baltimore before making his first career start at the position the next night...did not commit an error in 88 chances (48 at third base, 38 at first base and 2 at second base).
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: Saw an average of 4.68 pitches per plate appearance, most by any Red Sox player with at least 50 at-bats...in parts of 2 seasons in the majors, have averaged 4.60 pitches seen per plate appearance.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batted .300 (9-for-30) with a homer and 3 RBI off lefties and .265 (13-for-49) with 6 RBI off righthanders...hit just .182 (6-for-33) at Fenway Park, while batting .348 (16-for-46) on the road...was a .326 (14-for-43) batter at night and a .222 (8-for-36) hitter by day...batted .311 (14-for-45) with men on base...batted .360 (9-for-25) with 5 RBI in 14 games against A.L. West foes...batted at least once from all 9 spots in the batting order, with a high of 18 at-bats out of the 9 hole.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Started at third base and went 1-for-2 with a walk April 10 at Toronto in his lone action before being optioned to Pawtucket for the first time...recalled from Pawtucket earlier in the day, went 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI in a 9-2 win April 30 at Texas...May 4 at Detroit, ripped a one-out RBI single off Kyle Farnsworth in the top of the 8th, snapping a 3-3 tie in a 4-3 win...in 5 games through May 4, was batting .467 (7-for-15) with 4 RBI...batted .234 (15-for-64) with 5 RBI in 38 games the rest of the way...came up a triple short of the cycle June 12 at Chicago (NL)...homered in the first off Glendon Rusch to ignite and 8-1 win, his lone major league long ball of 2005.
PAWSOX HIGHLIGHTS: Went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI July 14 at Ottawa...2 days later went 3-for-3 with his first PawSox homer of 2005...was 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI July 22 vs. Ottawa...collected 5 doubles in a July 26 doubleheader at Buffalo, finishing the day 5-for-10 with 3 RBI...went 6-for-8 with 3 homers, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored in consecutive games August 5 at Syracuse and August 6 at Buffalo...belted a pair of homers in the August 6 game, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 4 runs scored...batted .418 (33-for-79) with 11 doubles, 6 homers and 18 RBI in 22 games with the PawSox during his July 13-August 7 stay...was 2-for-3 with a homer, 3 walks and 2 RBI August 27 at Rochester.2004 SUMMARY: In just his 3rd full professional season, made his major league debut and appeared in 72 games for the Red Sox...batted .260 with 7 long balls and 35 RBI, starting 55 games at third base...was named the club's Rookie of the Year by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
YOUTH SHALL BE SERVED: Youkilis ranked among A.L. rookie leaders in on-base percentage (2nd at .367), walks (2nd with 33), batting average (4th at .260), RBI (4th with 35), slugging (4th at .413), runs (4th with 38), home runs (tied for 5th with 7), total bases (6th with 86), hits (7th with 54), doubles (8th with 11), multi-hit games (8th with 13) and extra-base hits (tied for 8th with 18).
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: After opening the year at Triple-A Pawtucket was recalled May 15 and made his major league debut that afternoon, starting at third base in Toronto...went 2-for-4 with a 4th-inning homer off Pat Hentgen for his first M.L. hit...became just the 7th player in club history to hit a homer in his first major league game, the first since Sam Horn on July 25, 1987 at Seattle...the other 5 to turn the trick are Danny Sheaffer (April 9, 1987), Merl Combs (September 12, 1947), Eddie Pellagrini (April 22, 1946), Ben Steiner (April 17, 1945) and Lefty LeFebvre (June 10, 1938)...Youkilis was the first Red Sox to homer for his first big league hit since Creighton Gubanich slugged a grand slam May 3, 1999 at Oakland off Jimmy Haynes.
NICE START: Reached base in each of his first 10 major league games, batting .286 (8-for-28) with 11 runs, a homer, 3 RBI and a .447 on-base percentage...went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI May 28 vs. Seattle, the first multi-RBI game of his career...was named A.L. Rookie of the Month for May, batting .318 (14-for-44) with a homer, 7 RBI, 15 runs scored, a .446 OBP and a .477 slugging percentage in 13 games.
CLUTCH HITTING: Hit .339 (19-for-56) with runners in scoring position, including a .361 mark (13-for-36) with men in scoring position and less than 2 outs...among A.L. qualifiers, Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners led the league with a .372 average with runners in scoring position...Johnny Damon led the Red Sox with a .355 mark.
FILLING IN NICELY: Made 30 starts at third base while regular third baseman Bill Mueller was on the disabled list (right knee inflammation) from May 20 through July 1...hit .284 (31-for-109) with 9 doubles, 2 homers, 18 RBI, 23 runs scored, 19 walks and a .397 on-base percentage in 32 games in Mueller's absence...appeared in just 39 games after Mueller's July 2 return, batting .209 (19-for-91) with 4 homers, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored...started only 22 of the 39 contests in that span.
BRUISED BONES: Was placed on the 15-day D.L. August 17 (retroactive to August 16) with a bone bruise in his right ankle suffered in a home-plate collision with White Sox catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. August 15...was activated from the D.L. September 1...hit just .133 (4-for-30) in 16 games following his return.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Matched his season high with 3 hits June 16 at Colorado, going 3-for-4 with a homer off Jason Jennings, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored and a walk...collected Boston's lone hit off San Francisco's Jason Schmidt June 20, a double to lead off the 6th...notched a career-high 4 RBI June 25 vs. the Phillies...posted a career-best 7-game hitting streak from June 20-July 1, batting .417 (10-for-24)...recorded his first-career 2-homer game August 8 at Detroit, matching his career highs with 4 RBI, 3 runs and 3 hits.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Was on the roster for the ALDS vs. Anaheim and the World Series vs. St. Louis...went 0-for-2 in Game 2 of the ALDS in his only post-season action.2003 SUMMARY: Began the season at Double-A Portland, where he hit .327 with 23 doubles, 6 homers, 37 RBI and 74 runs in 94 games prior to a July 29 promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket...led the Eastern League with a .487 on-base percentage and ranked 3rd in batting...drew 86 walks and fanned only 40 times, good for a ratio of 2.15 walks for every K...reached base safely in 92 of 94 games with the Sea Dogs, for whom he made 93 starts at third base and one as DH...appeared in the All-Star Futures Game July 13 at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, walking in his only plate appearance and stealing a base...3 days later, got the start at second base in the July 16 Eastern League All-Star Game, going 1- for-4 with a walk...reached base safely in his first 9 games with Pawtucket following his promotion...overall with the PawSox, hit .165 with 2 homers and 15 RBI in 32 games.
ELITE STREAK: Reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 71 straight games May 19-August 4 between Portland and Pawtucket, the longest streak in professional baseball since Kevin Millar reached in 71 straight over parts of 3 seasons with Double-A Portland, Triple-A Charlotte and Triple-A Calgary in the Marlins chain from 1997-99...Youkilis began the run by reaching in his last 62 games with the Sea Dogs and then reached in his first 9 games after being promoted to Pawtucket...in major league history, only 2 streaks have outlasted Youkilis' 2003 run: Ted Williams reached safely in 84 straight games in 1949, and Joe DiMaggio reached in 74 straight games in 1941...Youkilis previously reached in 49 straight games for short-season Single-A Lowell in 2001.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: With the Sea Dogs, hit .338 (52-for-237) with 4 homers and 30 RBI vs. righties and .293 (22-for-75) with 2 homers and 7 RBI vs. lefties...24 of his 30 extra-base hits came vs. righthanders...had 7 stolen bases and was not caught stealing...hit .319 (52-for-163) with one homer and 20 RBI in 51 games at Hadlock Field and .336 (50-for-149) with 5 homers and 17 RBI in 43 road games...had 23 multi-hit games, 18 multi-walk games and 63 games where he reached base safely at least twice...hit .351 (47-for-134) with runners on base...struck out 6 times in his first 3 games (13 at-bats) and just 34 times over his final 91 games (299 at-bats)...5 of his 6 homers were solo shots...hit .293 (34-for-119) with one homer and 11 RBI out of the No. 2 spot in the order and .352 (68-for-193) out of the No. 3 spot...closed out his stay at Portland by hitting .400 (34-for-85) in July to raise his batting average to .327 from .300.
MORE 2003 HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 3 runs and knocked in 3, his single-game high as a Sea Dog, in a 13-3 win April 13 vs. Trenton...drew a walk in a season-best 8 straight games 3 different times...matched his season-high with 3 hits June 11 vs. Norwich, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored...scored a run in 8 straight games June 28-July 4, crossing the plate 12 times in that stretch...had 7 hits in a 3-game span July 7-9...closed out his stint with the Sea Dogs with a season-best 11-game hitting streak July 19-28...picked up his first Triple-A hit, a single, in Game 2 of a July 29 doubleheader vs. Ottawa...clubbed a 7th-inning game-winning grand slam August 15 at Ottawa, snapping a 4-4 tie en route to an 8-5 win.2002 SUMMARY: Climbed through 3 levels of the Sox organization, starting at Single-A Augusta, advancing to Single-A Sarasota and ending his season at Double-A Trenton where he hit .344 with 10 doubles, 5 homers, 31 walks, 34 runs scored and a .462 on-base percentage in 44 games to earn Trenton's Player of the Year honors...recorded a .436 onbase percentage at the 3 levels, the 5th-highest mark in the minors...his combined .310 average, 84 runs, 149 hits and 80 RBI all ranked 2nd in the Red Sox organization...reached base safely via a hit or walk in 119 of his 135 games...began the season at Augusta, hitting .283 with a .433 on-base percentage in 15 games...made his Sarasota debut April 22 and hit .295 with 79 hits in 76 games with the SaraSox, posting a .422 on-base percentage...made his Double-A debut July 18 and reached safely via a hit or walk in 39 of 44 games at Trenton...played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Totaled a .311 batting average (108-for-347) vs. righties and a .306 mark (41-for-134) vs. lefties...combined to hit .338 (75-for-222) with runners on base...had more strikeouts than walks at all 3 stops, finishing with a combined 93 walks and 63 strikeouts...hit .344 (32-for-93) with 3 homers and 18 RBI for Sarasota in June and hit .342 (38-for-111) with 4 homers and 20 RBI for Trenton in August.
MORE 2002 HIGHLIGHTS: Recorded a hit in 11 of 15 games with Augusta (15 hits total)...drew 5 walks April 17 vs. Ashland...hit .414 (24-for-58) during a 16-game hitting streak May 29-June 15 with Sarasota...with Trenton, knocked in a season-high 4 runs July 20 at New Britain and August 6 vs. Norwich...had a season-high 8 total bases in the July 20 contest, slugging 2 doubles and a homer...posted a pair of 4-hit games with the Thunder, August 4 at Binghamton and August 11 vs. Binghamton...went 4-for-4 with a walk and 3 runs scored August 4...scored 9 runs in 5 games August 3-7...recorded an 11-game hitting streak August 17-27, batting .370 (17-for-46).2001 SUMMARY: Signed June 11, just 6 days after the draft, and reported to short-season Single-A Lowell, where he earned Player of the Year honors...led the New York-Penn League with a .512 on-base percentage, 52 runs and 70 walks in 59 games, while his .317 average ranked 6th...his 70 walks were at least 20 more than any other player in the league...played all 59 games at third base...was promoted to Single-A Augusta August 28, and appeared in 5 games before participating in the Fall Instructional League.
MORE 2001 HIGHLIGHTS: Reached safely in 58 of his 59 games at Lowell, including each of his final 49...the streak ended when he went 0-for-3 in his August 29 Augusta debut...reached safely at least twice in 41 games...walked at least once in 14 straight games July 1-17 (25 walks total)...reached base 10 times in 2 games July 16-17 vs. Pittsfield (2 singles, 2 doubles and 6 walks)...scored 5 runs July 26 at Pittsfield, capping a streak of 6 straight games with at least one run scored (13 total)...boasted a seasonbest 11-game hitting streak from August 4-15...hit .444 (16-for-36) during the tear.