JIMMY FUND RADIO-TELETHON: The 2-day 14th annual Red Sox WEEI-NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon began at Fenway Park today in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute…Over the past 13 years, this event raised more than $37 million for cancer treatment and research.
QUICK 5 FOR SHAW: Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with his 5th career HR last night in his 21st career ML game…The only other left-handed Red Sox batters in the last 100 years with at least 5 HR within their first 21 career games are Sam Horn (7 in 1987) and Fred Lynn (5 in 1974-75).
· Only 13 of his 21 games have been starts…In those 13 starts, he is batting .346 (18-for-52) with 11 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, and 4 BB.
ROOKIES IN ROTATION: Last night, Matt Barnes became the 5th different rookie pitcher to start for Boston this season…Among all ML teams, only the Reds (8) have had more rookie pitchers make at least 1 start…The 5 match Boston’s 2008 & 2006 squads for the club’s most in any season since the 1995 Red Sox (6)…Before that, the Sox hadn’t had more than 5 rookie pitchers start since 1952 (7).
· Tonight is the 29th time in 119 games that a rookie hurler is starting for Boston (24%)…It will be the most such starts for a Red Sox team since 2007 (43 games started by rookie pitchers, including 32 by Daisuke Matsuzaka)…Before that, no Red Sox team had as many as 29 rookie starts since 1993 (37 such starts, including 18 by Aaron Sele and 14 by Paul