BIG NIGHT FOR BIG PAPI: The Red Sox will celebrate David Ortiz reaching the 500-HR milestone during tonight’s pre-game ceremonies…This is his first home game since reaching the plateau with his 50th career multi-HR game last Saturday, 9/12 at TB…He currently sits at 501 HR.
· Among active players, only Alex Rodriguez (686) and Albert Pujols (555) have more HR than Ortiz…Ortiz has 144 more than the next-most by active lefty hitter (Ryan Howard, 357).
· Ortiz is 1 of 4 players with at least 500 career HR and 3 World Series championships, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson.
SOX OF LATE: The Red Sox are 10-5 (.667) in their last 15 games, the AL’s best record since 9/4…In the majors, only the Cubs (.706, 12-5) have a better record in that stretch.
· The Sox have tallied double-digit hits in 11 of those 15 games, outscoring opponents 87-58…They are batting .292/.346/.465 with 35 2B, 2 3B, 19 HR in this stretch.
· Starting pitchers have a 2.80 ERA (30 ER/96.1 IP), allowing no more than 3 ER in all but 1 of those 15 contests, with 10 quality starts.
2014 WITH 14 TO GO: Yesterday the Red Sox improved to 71-77 on the year, matching their win total from the entire 2014 season, with 14 games remaining