3 OF A KIND: Last night Rich Hill became the first Red Sox pitcher this season to throw a shutout, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk with 10 strikeouts on 116 pitches…Hill has now fanned 10 batters in all 3 starts this season (also 9/13 at TB & 9/20 at TOR), becoming just the 5th pitcher in Red Sox history to have double-digit strikeouts in at least 3 straight games, joining Pedro Martinez (several times), Roger Clemens (3 times), Jon Lester (2 times), and Ray Culp (1968).
· Hill is the first major league pitcher since 1900 to make a season debut in September or later and have 10-strikeout starts in his first 3 games of that season.
· Hill is the only pitcher in the last 100 years with at least 10 SO in each of his first 3 starts for any single AL team…Elias says Hill is the 1st pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 10 in his first 3 starts immediately following a gap of 5+ years since his previous start.
STARTING DEBUT: Today Craig Breslow, who turned 35 years old in August, will make the first start in 523 career major league games…He will be the first pitcher to make his first start that late in a career by games played since Troy Percival in his 639th career game on 9/30/07 with St. Louis, and the first left-hander to do it since Chuck McElroy in his 604th career game on 9/20/2000 with Baltimore.
· According to Elias, he will pass Scott Atchison as the oldest ever Red Sox pitcher at the time of his first career major league start…Atchison did it at 34 years, 75 days old on 6/12/2010 vs. PHI.
· Elias also says Breslow will be the oldest pitcher to make his first major league start at age 35 or older and do it for an AL team since Danny Boone at 36 years old for the Orioles on 9/30/90.
LEFTY RECORD: Today Craig Breslow will become the 6th different left-handed pitcher to start for the Red Sox this year, along with Rich Hill, Brian Johnson, Wade Miley, Henry Owens, and Eduardo Rodriguez.
· This is just the 2nd time Boston has featured as many as 6 different left-handed starters in a single season…They had 7 lefties start in 1934 (Lefty Grove, George Hockette, Spike Merena, Fritz Ostermueller, Herb Pennock, Rube Walberg, and Bob Weiland).