- 3 OF A KIND: The Red Sox are coming off a 3-game sweep at home in which they did not allow a run to the Orioles, outscoring Baltimore 17-0…Boston won 2-0 yesterday after beating the O’s 8-0 on Saturday, and 7-0 on Friday night.
· The 3 consecutive games without allowing a run tie the team record for the 11th time, first since 2004 (4/25 at NYY, 4/28-29 vs. TB)…The Red Sox last tossed shutouts in 3 straight games, all at home, in 1962 (8/8-9 vs. CLE, 8/11 vs. BAL).
· According to Elias, this is just the 2nd time the Red Sox have ever swept a 3-game series while recording 3 shutouts…The other such series was 9/19-21/58, when they earned 3 consecutive 2-0 victories over the Washington Senators at Fenway Park.
· Elias also says that this marks the first time the Red Sox have ever pitched 3 straight team shutouts, all started by left-handed pitchers.
LEANING LEFT: With Eduardo Rodriguez tonight, it will be the 9th time in 10 games that the Red Sox have started a left-handed hurler…Rodriguez will be the 5th straight lefty pitcher to start for the Red Sox, following Wade Miley (Thurs.), Rich Hill (Fri.), Craig Breslow (Sat.), and Henry Owens (yesterday).
· According to Elias, the last time the Red Sox had a lefty starting pitcher for 5 straight games was 4/19-25/54 (Mel Parnell, Leo Kiely, Bill Henry, Parnell, Kiely)…The last time 5 different lefties started 5 straight games for the Red Sox was 9/27-29/51: Chuck Stobbs, Parnell, Bill Wight, Kiely, and Mickey McDermott).
GOING FOR 10: Tonight, rookie lefty Eduardo Rodriguez makes a 3rd attempt for his 10th win…Rodriguez is currently tied for the AL rookie lead with 9 wins, 2nd most in any season by a Sox rookie since 1992 (Matsuzaka, 15 in 2007)…Since 1950, the only Sox lefty to reach double-digit wins in a season as a rookie was John Curtis (11 in 1972).