BOSTON -- Upon further review, Matt Moore's two-hit shutout of the Red Sox on Monday night had added significance.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moore's was only the 66th shutout by a left-hander against the Red Sox at Fenway in the park's 102-year history, and only the second over the last 17 years. Oakland's Brett Anderson threw the other, on July 6, 2009.
What makes it so hard for a left-hander to toss a shutout at Fenway Park? The question was posed to staff ace -- and fellow left-hander -- David Price, who will take the mound at the historic stadium on Wednesday.
"This park plays a lot bigger for a left-handed hitter than a right-handed hitter, so whenever a lefty is on the mound, you're going to have at least seven guys in that lineup who are right-handed," Price said. "It definitely heightens your awareness. You have to make good pitches, especially when righties are up and guys that have pop and the ability to pull the ball with some power. It makes you focus a little bit more."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.