The Red Sox had a big pre-game celebration for the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, and Kevin Youkilis made use of that as the perfect opportunity to tie the park plunk record. Youk got his 45th plunk at the old old ballyard, on a plunk from Yankee Ivan Nova. That ties Youkilis with Carlton Fisk for the most HBPs ever recorded at Fenway Park. Congratulations on the accomplishment and the timing. That was the 83rd plunk of Youk’s career, and he’s still the most plunked batter in Red Sox history.
In other news, somebody on the Braves finally got hit by a pitch last night, and it was Dan Uggla. Uggla stayed in the way of a Trevor Cahill pitch in the first inning of last night’s Braves-Dbacks game, ending the Braves plunkless streak. That means all 30 teams have been hit by at least one pitch this year. Last year every team had at least on plunk by April 17th.
From the least plunked team this year to the most plunked, Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun were both plunked by the Rockies last night, giving the Brewers a major league leading total of 9 this year – despite the fact that Rickie Weeks has not been plunked yet this year. Weeks is still locked in a tie with Geoff Jenkins for first place in Brewers HBP history, with 95 plunks.