Let’s Play 2 at Fenway!

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Well, it’s still pretty soggy at Fenway Park, but as of this writing, it’s not raining. Red Sox pitchers are getting in some early work in right field. But the tarp is still on.

• The Sox finished March/April with a 13-14 record, in third place 2 ½ games behind the American League East-leading Yankees. It was the first month in which they posted a sub-.500 record since September/October 2012 when they went 7-22.
• But the Sox are 8-5 in their last 13 games, tied for second-best record in the American League since April 16, following a 5-9 start. They have won four of their last six games, including three of the last four in which they scored seven or more runs in those wins.
• This is the Sox first doubleheader since they swept the Rays at Fenway on June 18, 2013.
• The last time the Red Sox played a traditional doubleheader was Aug. 30, 1978, splitting with the Blue Jays.
• Left-hander Felix Doubront, who was to start Wednesday’s rain out, is scheduled to start Game 2, opposed by right-hander Chris Archer.
• David Ortiz has the most t-bats against Ramos, going 1-for-8 with an RBI. A.J. Pierzynski has the most hits, going 2-for-6 with an RBI.


• Loney has had the most success of the Rays against Peavy, going 10-for-33 (.303) with two home runs and 5 RBI.
• Anyone with tickets to the rained-out game who can’t make to today’s early game and wants to get a Dustin Pedroia bobblehead (being given out today) can bring ticket stubs to the Sox ticket office on any non-game day between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to have the ticket stubs scanned.
• Left-hander Chris Capauno’s 14 1/3 innings pitched this season are the most in the AL among pitchers who have not allowed a run, trailing only Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, with 16 innings. Going back to last season with the Dodgers, Capuano has thrown 21 scoreless innings, since Aug. 31, 2013, against the Padres.
• First baseman Mike Napoli has reached base safely in 24 of 25 games this season, and a career-high 22 straight games since April 4. In that stretch he is hitting .313, with five doubles, four home runs, 10 walks, and getting hit by pitches twice. His 22-game on-base streak is the third longest active streak in the majors, behind Jose Bautista’s 27 and Josh Donaldson’s 23.
• Since getting a cortisone shot in his left wrist on April 14 and returning to the starting lineup on April 16,, Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 12 of 13 games, batting lead-off in seven. Since his return, he is batting .304 with a .400 OBP, tied for fourth in the AL with 26 times on base.
• Milestones to be on the watch for:
• Pedroia is one home run shy of 100; four doubles shy of 300, and one RBI shy of 500 in his career.
• Ortiz is six games shy of 2,000 in his career. He has 436 career home runs, two behind Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi, who are 40th on the all-time list. Ortiz has 378 home runs with the Sox, one behind Dwight Evans, who is fourth on the Sox’ all-time list.

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