Nation Station: In-game notes

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Nation Station: In-game notes

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Statistical notes from the Red Sox' Opening Day loss . . .

The last time Daniel Bard gave up three runs in a game was August 9, 2009 against the Yankees. He gave up four on June 14, 2009 against the Phillies. He has never given up five in an appearance.
The Rangers came into this game hitting 5-for-24, a .208 average, against Bard.

Last season, Bard gave up eight doubles all season. He gave up three in this appearance.
David Ortiz had one homer in 63 plate appearances last April. He now has one in four plate appearances this season. He has 32 lifetime homers against the Rangers.

Jon Lester has now surrendered 68 career home runs, two leading off a game. This is the first three-gopher game of his career; he has 16 two-gopher games. These were the second, third and fourth homers he has given up in the Rangers Ballpark.
Lester gave up 14 homers last season, but five times he allowed two homers in a game.
This is the 25th time he has given up at least five runs in a game, and the 22nd time he has given up five earned runs.

Adrian Gonzalez now has two stolen bases in 3,632 plate appearances. That is the most PA of any active player with two steals. Jay Gibbons, on the Dodgers DL, has two steals and 3,115 PA.

His only other steal came on 42809 at Coors Field off of Jorge de la Rosa and Yorvit Torrealba of the Rockies. It was a straight steal and it came with two out in the 6th after Gonzalez had singled. From Billy-Ball.com.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia made one start for the Rangers last season and it was on Opening Day. His walkoff single produced a 5-4 win over Toronto.

Kevin Youkilis' first-inning double gives him 201 in his career, two behind Rick Burleson (26th) on the all-time Sox doubles list. Youk has 2,776 career at bats.

Here are the other batters with 201 doubles:

RkPlayerABFromToTm1Ed Brinkman604519611975WSA-DET-TOT2Mickey Stanley502219641978DET3Brandon Inge433720012010DET4Bob O'Farrell410119151935CHC-TOT-STL-NYG5Bill Hall314020022010MIL-TOT-BOS6Joe Mauer309220042010MIN7Joe Harris303519141928NYY-CLE-BOS-TOT-WSH-

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

More from the story: 

Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.