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The big lead

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 8, 2007 03:49 PM

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A couple of interesting items, courtesy of today's game notes from the Red Sox media relations folks:

  • The Red Sox' lead of six games in the AL East is the largest advantage in team history after the first 30 games of a season. The next closest was a 5 1/2 game lead after the first 30 games of the pennant winning 1946 season.

  • In other Sox team record news, tonight's starter Josh Beckett will attempt to become just the sixth pitcher in Red Sox history to get a win in his first seven starts in a season. Babe Ruth and Dave Ferriss are tied with a team-record eight straight wins to start a season.

    No. PITCHER YEAR

    8 Babe Ruth, 1917
    8 Dave Ferriss, 1945
    8 Roger Moret, 1973
    7 George Winter, 1901
    7 Mickey Harris, 1946
    6 Ike Delock, 1958
    6 Roger Clemens, 1991
    6 Josh Beckett, 2007

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