Take 5

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox tonight announced that all games at Fenway Park previously scheduled for 7:05 p.m. will now be played at 7:10 p.m. as the club moved back all its late games by five minutes for the 2009 regular season.

The time change will not affect games previously scheduled for other starts times, including weekend matinees.

“During the week approximately 60 percent of our fans enter the ballpark after 6:30 p.m.,” said Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, in a press release distributed by the team. “Moving the starts by even a few minutes will give them a little more time to make it to Fenway Park from work or home, take advantage of pregame festivities and ballpark amenities, and reach their seats before the first pitch.”

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The time adjustment will not require any alteration in batting practice or broadcast schedules for the Red Sox and opposing teams. The change should not affect the timing of pregame activities, Fenway Park-related operations or length of game. Gates will continue to open two hours prior to first pitch.

Additionally, the Aug. 16 game against the Texas Rangers has been moved to 2:05 p.m. from its original start time of 8:05 p.m.

Check out the updated schedule below:


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