BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year. Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial
Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame right-handed pitcher and former U.S. Senator, died on Friday at age 85. Bunning rose to prominence in Major League Baseball during his first full season with the Tigers in 1957, recording 14 complete games and a league-leading 20 wins. The following year, Bunning pitched his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox, just the fourth no-hitter in franchise history.
On Saturday, The Base in Roxbury, Mass. welcomed Shirley Burkovich and Maybelle Blair formerly of the All-American Girls Pro Baseball League to talk with young women about their experiences playing professional baseball. Robert Lewis Jr., Director of Base, shared why “A League Of Their Own” still serves as an inspiration to female athletes today and what The Base is doing to help. To learn more about The Base and their work in the Boston community and beyond go to: TheBase.org Watch the video in the player above to hear what Bukovich, Blair and Lewis had to say. Thumbnail photo by Marc DiBenedetto/NESN.com