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Red Sox Opening Day Strikeouts

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To open the Boston Red Sox 2016 season pitcher David Price struck out 10 batters in route to a 6-2 Red Sox win. What Boston Red Sox pitcher was the first to fan 10 or more batters on opening day?

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To start the 1936 season Boston Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell struck out 10 on the way to a 9-4 victory. He was the first Red Sox pitcher to strikeout 10 or more on opening day. Others to accomplish this feat include:

  • 1988: Roger Clemems with 11
  • 1998: Pedro Martinez with 11
  • 2000: Pedro Martinez with 11
  • 2009: Josh Beckett with 10

Nearest-to-Home Team Spring Training Site

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Which Major League baseball team has its Spring Training home located in closest proximity to its regular-season home stadium?

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The Arizona Diamond backs hold spring training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick which is only 18.8 miles from their home field – Chase Stadium. Fun fact about the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is that it was the stadium to be built on Indian land. Second closest are the Tampa Bay Rays who hold spring training at the Charlotte Sports Park only 79.4 miles from Tropicana Field where they play their regular season home games (according to Google Maps). This is only 3.2 miles better than the Florida Marlins who hold spring training in Roger Dean Stadium 82.6 miles away from their home field Marlins Park.

Red Sox Spring Training Locations

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What are the last three locations that the Boston Red Sox have conducted their spring training?

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The Boston Red Sox currently conduct spring training in Fort Myers, Florida at  JetBlue Park at Fenway South where they have been since 1993. Prior to that, the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida (1966-1992), and Scottsdale, Arizona (1959-1965).

Other Red Sox spring training locations prior to Scottsdale include: Charlottesville, VA (1901); Augusta, GA (1902); Macon, GA (1903-1906); Little Rock, AK (1907-1908); Hot Springs, AK (1909-1910, 1912-1918, 1920-1923); Redondo Beach, CA (1911); Tampa, FL (1919); San Antonio, TX (1924); New Orleans, LA (1925-1927); Bradenton, FL (1928-1929); Pensacola, FL (1930-1931); Savannah, GA (1932); Sarasota, FL (1933-1942, 1946-1958); Medford, MA (1943-1944); and Atlantic City, NJ (1945).

First Team to Train in Arizona

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Although the Cactus League was not formed until the mid-1940s when a few teams regularly began training in Arizona, which Major League Baseball team had a one-year stint in 1929 as the first team to train in Arizona?

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The Detroit Tigers trained in Phoenix in 1929. The Tigers were the only team to train in Arizona until the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants settled there for Spring Training and christened the Cactus League almost 20 years later.

Transformation During Spring Training

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What current MLB team reported to Spring Training in Tempe, AZ in 1970 as the Seattle Pilots and departed Tempe with a new name and new city, both of which it retains today?

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The Milwaukee Brewers were formed during Spring Training of 1970 when the Seattle Pilot franchise was purchased by Bud Selig on April 1, six days before Opening Day.

First Kansas City Royals World Series Title

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When did the Kansas City Royals win their first World Series championship?

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The Kansas City Royals have won the World Series twice in their history. The first was in 1985 when they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3. The second was this year, 2015, when they defeated the New York Mets 4 games to 1.

First to Pitch Perfect Game in World Series

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Who was the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game in a World Series?

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Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first and only World Series perfect game in the fifth game of the 1956 World Series. He threw only 97 pitches striking out 7. The Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in that game 2-0. The Yankees also took the Series 4 games to 3.

First World Series Shutout

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Who pitched the first World Series Shutout?

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The first World Series shutout came in game 2 of the first World Series in 1903. Boston Americans (now Red Sox) pitcher Bill Dinneen blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 0. Dinneen duplicated the event in Game 8 of the World Series getting the second World Series shutout also by a score of 3 to 0.

First MLB Championship Series Sweeps

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What were the first American League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series to be swept, who did the sweeping, and who was swept?

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ALCS – Starting with the first ALCS in 1969, the first 3 Championship Series were sweeps. In the 1969 ALCS, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Minnesota Twins 3-0. The Orioles did it again to the Twins in 1970 sweeping them 3-0. In 1971, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Oakland Athletics 3-0.

NLCS – Starting with the first NLCS in 1969, the first 2 Championship Series were sweeps. In 1969 the NLCS, the New York Mets swept the Atlanta Braves 3-0. In the 1970 NLCS, the Cincinnati Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0.

Scored First Major League Run

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Who is credited with scoring the first run in Major League Baseball history?

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Wes Fisler is credited with scoring Major League Baseball’s first run on April 22, 1876 while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics. 1876 was the last year of existence for the Philadelphia Athletics.