List of Boston Red Sox Opening Day starting pitchers

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Fenway Park, Boston's home ballpark since 1912

The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the American League East division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] As of 2010, The Red Sox have used 58 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 110 seasons. Since the franchise's beginning in 1901, the 58 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 50 wins, 47 losses, 1 tie (50–47–1), and 11 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. Although in modern baseball, ties are rare due to extra innings, in 1910, the Red Sox Opening Game against the New York Highlanders was declared a tie due to darkness – at the time, Hilltop Park lacked adequate lighting.[3]

Roger Clemens holds the Red Sox record for most Opening Day starts with eight. The other pitchers with five or more Opening Day starts for Boston are Pedro Martinez (7), Cy Young (6), and Dennis Eckersley (5).[4]

On Opening Day, Red Sox pitchers have a combined record of 23–12 when playing at home. Of those games, pitchers have a 3–0 record at Huntington Avenue Grounds, and a 19–12 record from Fenway Park. When on the road for Opening Day, Red Sox pitchers have a combined record of 29–34–1. For seasons in which Boston would later win the World Series, the starting pitchers have a 3–3 record. For all seasons that go into post-season, Boston pitchers have an Opening Day record of 10–4.[4]

Key[edit]

Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Red Sox season.
W Win
L Loss
T Tie
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Red Sox won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Red Sox lost game
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Red Sox
* Advanced to the post-season
** AL Champions
*** World Series Champions

Pitchers[edit]

Bill Dinneen pitched on Opening Day for the Boston Americans in 1902.
Cy Young was Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher from 1903 to 1908.
Babe Ruth started on Opening Day in 1916, 1917, and 1918.
In 1923, 1924, and 1926, Howard Ehmke started on Opening Day for the Red Sox.
Starting in 1988, Roger Clemens was Boston's Opening Day starting pitcher.
Season Pitcher Decision Opponent Location Ref(s)
1901 Kellum, WinWin Kellum L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park [5]
1902 Dinneen, BillBill Dinneen W Baltimore Orioles Huntington Avenue Grounds [6][7]
1903*** Young, CyCy Young W Philadelphia Athletics Huntington Avenue Grounds [8][9]
1904** Young, CyCy Young (2) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [10]
1905 Young, CyCy Young (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [11]
1906 Young, CyCy Young (4) L New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [12]
1907 Young, CyCy Young (5) W Philadelphia Athletics Columbia Park [13]
1908 Young, CyCy Young (6) W Washington Senators Huntington Avenue Grounds [14]
1909 Arellanes, FrankFrank Arellanes L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [15]
1910 Cicotte, EddieEddie Cicotte T New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [3][16]
1911 Wood, JoeJoe Wood L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [17]
1912*** Wood, JoeJoe Wood (2) W New York Highlanders Hilltop Park [18]
1913 Wood, JoeJoe Wood (3) L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [19]
1914 Collins, RayRay Collins L Washington Senators Fenway Park [20]
1915*** Shore, ErnieErnie Shore L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [21]
1916*** Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [22]
1917 Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth (2) W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [23]
1918*** Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [24]
1919 Mays, CarlCarl Mays W New York Yankees Polo Grounds [25]
1920 Russell, AllenAllen Russell W Washington Senators Fenway Park [26]
1921 Jones, SamSam Jones W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [27]
1922 Quinn, JackJack Quinn L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [28]
1923 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [29]
1924 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke (2) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [30]
1925 Ferguson, AlexAlex Ferguson L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [31]
1926 Ehmke, HowardHoward Ehmke (3) L New York Yankees Fenway Park [32]
1927 Harriss, SlimSlim Harriss L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [33]
1928 MacFayden, DannyDanny MacFayden W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [34]
1929 Ruffing, RedRed Ruffing L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [35]
1930 MacFayden, DannyDanny MacFayden (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [36]
1931 Moore, WilcyWilcy Moore L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [37]
1932 MacFayden, DannyDanny MacFayden (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [38]
1933 Andrews, IvyIvy Andrews L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [39]
1934 Rhodes, GordonGordon Rhodes W Washington Senators Fenway Park [40]
1935 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [41]
1936 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell (2) W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [42]
1937 Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [43]
1938 Bagby, JimJim Bagby W New York Yankees Fenway Park [44]
1939 Grove, LeftyLefty Grove L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [45]
1940 Grove, LeftyLefty Grove (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [46]
1941 Wilson, JackJack Wilson W Washington Senators Fenway Park [47]
1942 Newsome, DickDick Newsome W Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [48]
1943 Hughson, TexTex Hughson W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [49]
1944 Terry, YankYank Terry L New York Yankees Fenway Park [50]
1945 Cecil, RexRex Cecil L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [51]
1946** Hughson, TexTex Hughson (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Park [52]
1947 Hughson, TexTex Hughson (3) W Washington Senators Fenway Park [53]
1948 Dobson, JoeJoe Dobson L Philadelphia Athletics Fenway Park [54]
1949 Dobson, JoeJoe Dobson (2) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [55]
1950 Parnell, MelMel Parnell L New York Yankees Fenway Park [56]
1951 Wight, BillBill Wight L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [57]
1952 Parnell, MelMel Parnell (2) W Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [58]
1953 Parnell, MelMel Parnell (3) W Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [59]
1954 Parnell, MelMel Parnell (4) L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [60]
1955 Sullivan, FrankFrank Sullivan L Philadelphia Athletics Shibe Park [61]
1956 Sullivan, FrankFrank Sullivan (2) W Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [4]
1957 Brewer, TomTom Brewer W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1958 Sullivan, FrankFrank Sullivan (3) L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [4]
1959 Brewer, TomTom Brewer (2) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1960 Sturdivant, TomTom Sturdivant L Washington Senators Griffith Stadium [4]
1961 Monbouquette, BillBill Monbouquette L Kansas City Athletics Fenway Park [4]
1962 Schwall, DonDon Schwall L Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1963 Monbouquette, BillBill Monbouquette (2) L Los Angeles Angels Chavez Ravine [4]
1964 Monbouquette, BillBill Monbouquette (3) W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1965 Monbouquette, BillBill Monbouquette (4) W Washington Senators Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium [4]
1966 Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson ND (L) Baltimore Orioles Fenway Park [4]
1967** Lonborg, JimJim Lonborg W Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [4]
1968 Ellsworth, DickDick Ellsworth W Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1969 Lonborg, JimJim Lonborg (2) L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1970 Peters, GaryGary Peters W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1971 Culp, RayRay Culp W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1972 Pattin, MartyMarty Pattin L Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1973 Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1974 Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant (2) W Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1975** Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant (3) W Milwaukee Brewers Fenway Park [4]
1976 Jenkins, FergieFergie Jenkins L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1977 Jenkins, FergieFergie Jenkins (2) L Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1978 Torrez, MikeMike Torrez ND (L) Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park [4]
1979 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley W Cleveland Indians Fenway Park [4]
1980 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley (2) ND (L) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1981 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley (3) ND (L) Chicago White Sox Fenway Park [4]
1982 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley (4) W Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1983 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley (5) L Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [4]
1984 Hurst, BruceBruce Hurst L California Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [4]
1985 Boyd, Oil CanOil Can Boyd W New York Yankees Fenway Park [4]
1986** Hurst, BruceBruce Hurst (2) L Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium [4]
1987 Stanley, BobBob Stanley ND (L) Milwaukee Brewers County Stadium [4]
1988* Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens L Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1989 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (2) L Baltimore Orioles Memorial Stadium [4]
1990* Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (3) W Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1991 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (4) W Toronto Blue Jays SkyDome [4]
1992 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (5) L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4]
1993 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (6) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4]
1994 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (7) W Detroit Tigers Fenway Park [4]
1995* Sele, AaronAaron Sele W Minnesota Twins Fenway Park [4]
1996 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (8) L Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [4]
1997 Gordon, TomTom Gordon ND (W) Anaheim Angels Angel Stadium of Anaheim [4]
1998* Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez W Oakland Athletics Network Associates Coliseum [4]
1999* Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (2) W Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4]
2000 Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (3) W Seattle Mariners Safeco Field [4]
2001 Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (4) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [4]
2002 Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (5) L Toronto Blue Jays Fenway Park [4][62]
2003* Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (6) ND (L) Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field [4][63]
2004*** Martinez, PedroPedro Martinez (7) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [4][64]
2005* Wells, DavidDavid Wells L New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [4][65]
2006 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling W Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [4][66]
2007*** Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling (2) L Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium [4][67]
2008* Matsuzaka, DaisukeDaisuke Matsuzaka ND (W) Oakland Athletics Tokyo Dome [68]
2009* Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett W Tampa Bay Rays Fenway Park [69]
2010 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett (2) ND (W) New York Yankees Fenway Park [70]
2011 Lester, JonJon Lester ND (L) Texas Rangers Rangers Ballpark in Arlington [70]
2012 Lester, JonJon Lester (2) ND (L) Detroit Tigers Comerica Park [71]
2013*** Lester, JonJon Lester (3) W New York Yankees Yankee Stadium [72]
2014 Lester, JonJon Lester (4) L Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards [73]

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