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Red Sox Open ALDS at Cleveland on Thursday Night

Thursday, October 06, 2016

 

David Ortiz

The Boston Red Sox begin the 2016 postseason on Thursday night when they visit former Red Sox manager Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians for game one of the ALDS. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. 

"There is a beauty to this post season, or any post season, that there is no tomorrow, with that approach taken everyday you walk on the field, and guys are aware of that," said Red Sox manager John Farrell in his press conference earlier this week. 

GoLocal teams with Graphiq to look at the Red Sox Post Season resume. 

David Ortiz 

The Red Sox offense has been led by designated hitter David Ortiz, who will retire once the post season ends. Ortiz led the Red Sox with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs in 537 at bats this season 

"Him reenergizing himself will be key for us, I know he was on fumes that last few days, but we are looking forward to Thursday," said Farrell.

For more on David Ortiz, GoLocal teams with Graphiq. 

Red Sox Lineup by the Numbers 

David Ortiz is not the only player that has put up big numbers for Boston.

The Sox have also gotten big contributions all year from Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. 

Ramirez belted 30 home runs and knocked in 111 RBI in 147 games played. Right fielder Mookie Betts hit 31 home runs and totaled 113 RBIs on the season, while cener fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was fourth on the team in home runs with 26 and totaled 87 RBIs.  

For more on those players, and the rest of the Red Sox lineup, GoLocal teams with Graphiq. 

Pitching 

Rick Porcello had one of the best regular seasons of his career in 2016, leading all Red Sox starters with 22 wins and an ERA of 3.15. 

In the bullpen, closer Craig Kimbrel has made 57 appearances and has 31 saves and an ERA of 3.40 on the season. 

Series Schedule 

Game two of the ALDS is set for Friday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Cleveland. Following that game, the series shifts to Boston for game three on Sunday at 4 p.m. 

If necessary, game four would take place in Boston on Monday, October 10, and if necessary game five would happen on Wednesday, October 12.

Times are to be determined for both of those games. 

 

Related Slideshow: Ten Greatest Days in New England Sports History

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February 1, 2004

Patriots 2004 Super Bowl

In 2004, the Patriots captured their third Super Bowl in four years. The win put New England in the group of the small number of dynasty teams in the NFL, joining the Packers, Steelers and 49ers.

Super Bowl XXXVIII finished with the Patriots holding on to a 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The game was also famous for the infamous wardrobe malfunction involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

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December 21, 2010

Longest Winning Streak

The UConn women broke UCLA men's streak of the most consecutive wins in a season.

They dominated their sport like no other and on December 21, 2010, UConn's 93-62 win over Florida State put UConn women in the #1 position.

Later, Sports Illustrated named UConn women as the #3 greatest dynasty in sports in the decade behind only the Lakers and Patriots.

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June 12, 1984

Celtics v. Lakers

The 1980's were the glory days of the NBA and the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers were the two teams that elevated the play and excitement of the era.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were the superstars and were the feature players. Their rivalry started in the NCAA finals when Magic dazzled and Bird fizzled.  

On June 12, 1984, the Celtics won game seven, 111-102 with Cedric Maxwell leading the Celts in scoring with 24 points and a team leading 8 assists. Bird was MVP of the series.

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October 27, 2004

Curse of the Bambino

In 2004, after the dramatic historic come from behind win against the Yankees, the Red Sox went on to the World Series and swept the Cardinals 4-0, to win the first title since 1918.

The World Series win broke the proverbial "Curse of the Bambino" which had been in place since the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. 

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November 23, 1984

BC v. Miami

There could not have been a more unlikely superstar and there could not have been a bigger stage to pull off the most dramatic win when BC beat the defending National Champions.  Quarterback Doug Flutie put on the best show - maybe ever -- in college football.

Flutie threw for 474 yards and 4 touchdowns and the last TD was to Gerard Phelan on the final play - maybe the most exciting play ever in sports.

Final score: BC 47, University of Miami 45.

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October 13, 2013

Patriots Beat New Orleans on Last Second TD; Red Sox Comeback from 5 Runs Down v. Tigers

New England sports fans enjoyed the most improbable double header comeback wins.

First, the Patriots upset the undefeated New Orleans Saints with a 70 yard last minute drive that saw the Patriots score with just 5 seconds to steal a 30-27 win. The Saints had numerous opportunities to put the game away.

Then, the Boston Red Sox in Game Two of the ALCS at home rallied from a 5 run deficit in the 6th inning and came back on a David Ortiz grand slam to tie and a 9th inning hit to win. The Red Sox had lost Game One of the series 1-0 and were on the verge in Game Two of losing any chance of winning the series. 

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May 10, 1970

Bruins Beat Blues 4-3 in OT to Win Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins took New England by storm behind the play of Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr.

In the final game and the score tied 3-3, Orr scored the winning and iconic goal to launch the Bruins into the hearts of New Englanders and to create one of sports most memorable photos.

 

Bobby Orr... behind the net to Sanderson to OOOORR! BOBBY OOOORR! ...scores and the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup!
—Dan Kelly calling Orr's Stanley Cup winning goal
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April 28, 1966

Celtics Win 8th Straight, Red's Last Game, Russell First African American Head Coach

The win by the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Lakers in 1966 was a triple header for sports.

First, the 1966 Championship was the 8th straight and set a record never to be matched.

Second, it was the last game that Red Auerbach would ever coach.

Third, as Red stepped down, the enigmatic Bill Russell was named player coach - he was the first African American pro coach of the modern sports era. (Brown alum, Fritz Pollard coached pro football).

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February 3, 2002

Patriots Upset Rams to Win 1st Super Bowl

The New England Patriots were 14 point underdogs to the Rams and this was expected to be one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history.

Instead, the Patriots played physical defense and although outgained 427-267 in yards, went on to best the Rams. 

The Patriots won on a last second field goal to win their 1st Super Bowl by a score of 20-17.

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October 20, 2004

Red Sox Come Back from Down 0-3, to Beat Yankees in ACLS

The Red Sox were looking at another sad loss to the New York Yankees three games to zero and down to 3-4 in the ninth inning and down to their last three outs. The Sox scratched a run off a stolen base by Dave Roberts and a clutch hit by Bill Mueller to tie the game 4-4 and send it into extra innings.

In the 12th inning, the Red Sox scored two runs off a walk off homer by David Ortiz. 

The Red Sox went on to make history winning three more games.

 
 

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