Nation STATion: Cinco de Red Sox

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Nation STATion: Cinco de Red Sox

By Bill Chuck
CSNNE.com

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. So in honor of Alfredo Aceves born in San Luis Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and Adrian Gonzalez whose parents are Mexican, here's a look at the Red Sox and numero cinco:

Five Red Sox who wore No. 5
Tony Perez 1980-82
George Scott 1966-71
Mike Higgins 1937-38, 55-62 (MGR)
Nomar Garciaparra 1996-2004
Rocco Baldelli 2009
Five Red Sox who wore No. 55
Bob Veale 1972-74
Jeff Suppan 1995-97
Ramiro Mendoza 2003
Lenny DiNardo 2004-06
Ryan Kalish 2010

Five Red Sox who had 55 extra-base hits in a season
Year 2B 3B HR
Todd Walker 2003 38 4 13
Jim Rice 1975 29 4 22
Carlton Fisk 1977 26 3 26
Joe Cronin 1939 33 3 19
Wade Boggs 1990 44 5 6
Five Red Sox who had 55 RBI in a season
Year
Jason Varitek 2006
Johnny Pesky 1948
Johnny Pesky 1946
Rick Ferrell 1936
Eddie Bressoud 1964
Wade Boggs 1984

Five Red Sox who scored 55 runs in a season:
Year
Jason Varitek 2000
Jerry Remy 1981
Brian Daubach 2000
Coco Crisp 2008
Cecil Cooper 1974

Gene Stephens, Candy LaChance, and Clyde Engle all had 55 doubles in their Red Sox careers.

Between 1907 and 1915, Tris Speaker was hit by 55 pitches while playing for the Sox.

Don Buddin grounded into 55 double plays in his Red Sox career.

These five third basemen ("5" when keeping score) hit five homers in a season for the Red Sox:

Player Year
Wade Boggs 1988
Wade Boggs 1983
Dalton Jones 1965
Grady Hatton 1954
Pinky Higgins 1938
Jimmy Collins 1903

You can add Kevin Youkilis to the mix this season as well.

Rick Burleson was caught stealing 55 times in his Sox career.

On 5555, the Sox lost to Detroit, 3-2 (five runs scored).

On 552005, the Sox beat Detroit, 2-1 (Jason Varitek hit his fifth double of the season).

Bill Hall, Tony Conigliaro, Jack Clark, Jose Canseco and Mike Cameron are five former or current Red Sox who struck out five times in a game, but none did it while a Red Sox. The five times a member of the Red Sox struck out five times in a game were by Jason Bay, Ray Jarvis, Phil Plantier and George Scott (who did it twice).

Derek Lowe had 55 losses for the Sox, to go along with 74 wins. No Sox pitcher ever had 55 wins.

David Aardsma, pitching for the Sox in 2008, had a 5.55 ERA.

Gary Peters allowed 55 homers in his Red Sox career from 1970 to 1972.

Ray Culp, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1968-73 had a record of 71-58 with a winning percentage of .550.

Manny Delcarmen allowed 55 hits for the Sox in 2008.

Bob Hefner in 1964 and Mark Clear in 1982 each appeared in 55 games for the Sox.

From 1956-58, Bob Porterfield appeared in 55 games for the Sox.

Clay Buchholz is 31-24 in his 55 decisions.

Finally, in case you are a musical theatre buff, "Damn Yankees," the musical adaptation of the book "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant," opened on Broadway on 5555. Not that it matters.

Adios!

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.