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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!

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.


 

ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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