Nine to Know: Terry Francona

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Nine to Know: Terry Francona

By Bill Chuck

1. In 8 years with Boston, Terry managed 1296 games with a record of 744-552 .574. He won two AL pennants, finished first once, won three Wild Cards and two World Championships.

2. The Sox were 411-237 at Fenway, 333-315 on the road.

3. In one-run games, Terrys teams were 179-166
2004:16-18
2005: 27-15
2006: 29-20
2007: 22-28
2008: 22-23
2009: 22-17
2010: 22-26
2011: 19-19

4. Versus the Yankees, Terry was 75-72.
2004: BOS won 11, NYY won 8.
2005: BOS won 9, NYY won 10.
2006: BOS won 8, NYY won 11.
2007: BOS won 8, NYY won 10.
2008: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2009: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2010: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2011: BOS won 12, NYY won 6.

5. Against the AL East, the Sox were 327-258, .559
1. Baltimore: 93-52 .641
2. Tampa Bay: 80-67 .544
3. Toronto: 79-67 .541
4. New York: 75-72 .510

6. Leading home run hitters for Terry
David Ortiz 289
Manny Ramirez 163
Kevin Youkilis 129
Jason Varitek 114
J.D. Drew 80
Mike Lowell 80

7. Leading batters (minimum 2000 plate appearances)
Dustin Pedroia - .305
Manny Ramirez - .303
Jacoby Ellsbury - .301
Mike Lowell - .290
David Ortiz - .289
Kevin Youkilis - .289
J.D. Drew - .264
Jason Varitek - .249

8. Most wins
Josh Beckett - 84
Tim Wakefield - 84
Jon Lester - 76
Curt Schilling - 53
Daisuke Matsuzaka - 49
Clay Buchholz - 35
John Lackey - 26
Mike Timlin - 24
Bronson Arroyo - 24
Jonathan Papelbon - 23

9. The shortstop position has had a revolving door since 2004. Here are the 27 players who played short under Terry and the number of seasons in which they played the position.
Player From To
1. Jed Lowrie 4 2008 2011
2. Alex Cora 4 2005 2008
3. Julio Lugo 3 2007 2009
4. Marco Scutaro 2 2010 2011
5. Yamaico Navarro 2 2010 2011
6. Gil Velazquez 2 2008 2009
7. Alex Gonzalez 2 2006 2009
8. Mark Bellhorn 2 2004 2005
9. Drew Sutton 1 2011 2011
10. Jose Iglesias 1 2011 2011
11. Mike Aviles 1 2011 2011
12. Angel Sanchez 1 2010 2010
13. Felipe Lopez 1 2010 2010
14. Bill Hall 1 2010 2010
15. Chris Woodward 1 2009 2009
16. Nick Green 1 2009 2009
17. Royce Clayton 1 2007 2007
18. Dustin Pedroia 1 2006 2006
19. Ramon Vazquez 1 2005 2005
20. Edgar Renteria 1 2005 2005
21. Hanley Ramirez 1 2005 2005
22. Alejandro Machado 1 2005 2005
23. Pokey Reese 1 2004 2004
24. Ricky Gutierrez 1 2004 2004
25. Nomar Garciaparra 1 2004 2004
26. Cesar Crespo 1 2004 2004
27. Orlando Cabrera 1 2004 2004

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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