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Brandon Phillips becomes first No. 0 in Red Sox history

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Brandon Phillips becomes first No. 0 in Red Sox history

Veteran infielder Brandon Phillips will make a little history when he gets into a game for the Red Sox after being added to the roster from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

He'll be wearing uniform number 0 - a first in the 118 seasons of the franchise.

Phillips, 37, signed to a minor league deal earlier this summer, has worn No. 4 with the Reds and Angels, but that's retired by the Red Sox (Joe Cronin). According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, he then asked for the "weirdest number." So he's the first 0 in Sox history.

Robert Parish (00) and Avery Bradley (0) had pretty good luck with their zeroes with the Celtics. Al Oliver (a .303 career hitter with 2,743 hits), who wore 0 with the Rangers and Expos, is probably the best 0 in MLB history. 

Phillips hit .302 with four homers and 19 RBI in 38 games with the PawSox, playing second, third and DH.

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Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Pedro Martinez tweets his thanks for the trade that brought him to the Red Sox - 22 years ago today

Twenty-two years ago, the Red Sox were coming off a disappointing season where they were an AL East also-ran and big offseason moves were being contemplated for the franchise.

Sound familiar?

Only general manager Dan Duquette, whose team had finished 78-84 and in fourth place in the division, wasn't looking to shed payroll, but add to either the bullpen or starting rotation.

They chose to target the rotation and specifically, to go after the Montreal Expos' Cy Young Award-winning, 26-year-old ace in a trade - rather than Marlins closer Robb Nen, who had just helped that franchise win its first World Series. 

The result was a franchise-altering trade for Pedro Martinez, who tweeted his thanks for the move Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the deal - some would say "steal" - that brought him to Boston.

The Sox traded pitching prospect Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. to the Expos for Martinez, then signed him to a six-year, $75 million contract. Duquette had traded for Martinez once before, four years earlier, when, as GM of the Expos, he acquired Martinez from the Dodgers.

Martinez, of course, would go on to go 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons in Boston, some of which were the most dominant ever for a pitcher. His final season culminated with the first Red Sox World Series title since 1918.

So, all new Red Sox baseball boss Chaim Bloom has to do is pull off a deal like that. Simple, right?

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David Ortiz's son writes heartfelt birthday message to father on Instagram

David Ortiz's son writes heartfelt birthday message to father on Instagram

David Ortiz turned 44 on Tuesday, but you wouldn't know it by his youthful exuberance and undeniable style.

Even Ortiz's son, D'Angelo, considers Big Papi to be young at heart. He took to Instagram with a heartfelt message for his dad, and the former Red Sox slugger had the perfect response.

“Happy birthday pops. seeing u do what u do everyday drives me to wanna be better and better ur the best role model ever and also my best friend,” D'Angelo wrote. “Its crazy to think ur getting older because everytime u dress up for salsa Sunday u dress like ur 20 and everytime I see u it reminds me what real swag is love u pops have a great day.”

Check out Ortiz's response below:

Never question Papi's "swag."

It's been a difficult year for the Ortiz family, to say the least, so this birthday is an extra special one. Fortunately, Ortiz has fully recovered after being shot in the Dominican Republic in June, so both he and his swagger should be with us for many years to come.

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