YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Boston lost last night, 4-0, in the opener of a 3-game Interleague series against the Pirates at PNC Park…The Sox were shut out for the 15th time this year, the club’s most since 1990 (16).
· Starter Anthony Ranaudo gave up 3 runs, all on a pair of homers by Russell Martin (2-run) and Starling Marte (solo)…Of his 19 runs allowed as a major leaguer, 14 have come on home runs (10 home runs allowed).
· Boston had 7 hits but went 0-for-10 with RISP, matching the club’s most RISP at-bats without a hit this year (also 0-for-10 in 3/31 season opener at BAL).
UNPRECEDENTED PATIENCE: Boston leads MLB with 4.06 pitches seen per PA, which would be the highest rate for any ML team as far back as data exists (starting 1988)…The mark currently belongs to the 1994 Tigers (4.03).
· Red Sox batters have swung at 43.4% of pitches seen, the lowest mark in the majors, including a ML-low 20.2% swing rate on 1st pitches…The Sox offense has put in play a major league-low 17.0% of pitches seen.
DEBUT CITY: The Red Sox have had 9 different players make their ML debut in 2014: Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Daniel Butler, Garin Cecchini, Edwin Escobar, Alex Hassan, Anthony Ranaudo, Carlos Rivero, and Christian Vazquez.
· This matches Boston’s most debuts since the 1995 team had 10 players do it, but that total includes replacement players due to the strike…Before that, the Red Sox had not debuted as many as 10 players in a season since it happened 11 times in 1980 (Elias