Did you know: Opening Day roster facts

March, 30, 2011
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A “Did you know?” about each of the 25 players on the Opening Day roster for the Boston Red Sox, all courtesy of the team’s media guide:

1. Matt Albers worked more than one inning 25 times last season, most multi-inning appearances by a reliever in the AL.

2. Daniel Bard was first Red Sox reliever to have an ERA under 2.00 (1.93) while throwing at least 70 innings (74 2/3) since “The Monster,” Dick Radatz, in 1963 (1.97 ERA, 132 1/3 innings).

3. Josh Beckett has struck out at least one batter in each of his 249 games, the longest active streak in the majors and second-longest to begin a career since 1900, after Dwight Gooden’s streak of 349 games.

4. Clay Buchholz held opponents to a .161 average (22 for 137) with runners in scoring position, lowest among major league starters. He also did not surrender a home run in those at-bats, most in the majors without allowing a home run.

5. Mike Cameron is one of just three big leaguers all-time with at least 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in both leagues, joining Carlos Beltran and Bobby Bonds.

6. Carl Crawford leads all active players with 105 triples. In the past seven seasons, he has hit 90, one of only three players ever to hit at least 90 in a seven-year span, joining Stan Musial (four times) and Lance Johnson (twice).

7. J.D. Drew led all right fielders in fielding percentage (.996), with one error in 236 total chances. Drew also led in 2009 (.992), the first Sox right-fielder since 1952 to lead the league in back-to-back seasons and first in the majors since Ichiro Suzuki led three straight seasons (2001-3).

8. Jacoby Ellsbury, who has 136 stolen bases in just more than two full seasons with the Red Sox, needs just 33 stolen bases to pass Heinie Wagner (141) and Carl Yastrzemski (168) to rank third all-time in club history. Only Harry Hooper (300) and Tris Speaker (267) have more stolen bases with Sox.

9. Adrian Gonzalez, drafted first overall by the Florida Marlins in 2000, is only the second first baseman ever drafted No, 1 overall, joining Ron Blomberg, taken No. 1 by the Yankees in 1967.

10. Bobby Jenks had the second-best ground ball-to-fly ball ratio among AL relievers in 2010 at 3.23 (84 ground balls, 26 fly balls)

11. John Lackey and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox are the only American League pitchers with 10 or more wins in each of the past eight seasons.

12. Jon Lester enters the 2011 season with a .709 winning percentage (61-25), the second-highest percentage ever among major leaguers with at least 50 decisions. Spud Chandler was 109-43, .717, between 1937 and 1947.

13. Jed Lowrie hit .440 (11-for-25) against the Yankees last season, second among all major leaguers to Kevin Youkilis’ .462.

14. Daisuke Matsuzaka held right-handed hitters to a .211 average (55-for-261), second among AL qualifiers to Oakland’s Trevor Cahill (.198).

15. Darnell McDonald had two sacrifice bunts in a game three times last season, the first Red Sox player to do so since Bill Regan in 1928.

16. David Ortiz enters the season with 1,000 RBIs as a designated hitter. He needs four more RBIs to pass Edgar Martinez (1,003) as all-time leader in RBIs by a DH.

17. Jonathan Papelbon had 45 strikeouts after the All-Star break last season, tied with Baltimore’s Koji Uehara for most by an AL reliever after the break.

18. Dustin Pedroia, in the 13 games before he fractured his left foot, batted .500 (26-for-52) with four home runs, 13 RBIs and 17 runs.

19. Dennys Reyes gave up just two home runs in 59 appearances last season, both to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward.

20. Jarrod Saltalamacchia played in just 12 big league games last season, which began with him delivering a walk-off single on Opening Day for the Texas Rangers, Boston’s opponent on Opening Day this season.

21. Marco Scutaro swung and missed only 6.2 percent of the time last season, second-lowest percentage in the majors behind Juan Pierre (5.8) of the White Sox.

22. Jason Varitek, who has caught 1,420 games for the Red Sox, is one of only five catchers in big league history with at least 1,400 games caught while spending his entire playing career with just one franchise. The others are Johnny Bench (1,742), Bill Dickey (1,708), Bill Freehan (1,581) and Jorge Posada (1,573).

23. Tim Wakefield and Mariano Rivera of the Yankees are the only active major league pitchers who have been with the same team continuously since 1995.

24. Dan Wheeler will become the eighth Rhode Island native, and first since Ken Ryan (1992-95), to pitch in a game for the Red Sox. The others are Ed Kelly (1914), Bill Lefebvre (1938-39), Joe Trimble (1955), Chet Nichols (1960-63) and Ray Jarvis (1969-70).

25. Kevin Youkilis has the highest .OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of all AL hitters over the past three seasons at .964, third in the majors behind Albert Pujols (1.074) and Manny Ramirez (.970).

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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