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Sox Notes: Manny returns to Fenway as Sox welcome Dodgers for weekend series

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 18, 2010

Series in a Sentence: The Red Sox (40-28) finish a nine-game homestand as they welcome Manny Ramirez back to Fenway Park with the Los Angeles Dodgers (38-28) for a three-game weekend series. 

Series Schedule and Probables
Friday, 7:10 (NESN/WEEI): Felix Doubront (ML debut) vs. Carlos Monasterios (3-1, 2.98)
Saturday, 4:10 (Fox/WEEI): Tim Wakefield (2-5, 5.42) vs. Vincente Padilla (1-1, 6.55)
Sunday, 8:00 (ESPN/WEEI): Clay Buchholz (9-4, 2.67) vs. Hideki Kuroda (6-4, 3.10)

Series Stuff: The Sox and Dodgers are meeting for the first time since 2004 when Boston went 2-1 in a series at Fenway. The teams have just met in two series since 1997 as the Dodgers hold a 4-2 lead.

Manny’s Back: Manny Ramirez will be making his first return to Fenway Park for the first time since being acquired by the Dodgers on July 31, 2008. During this weekend’s series, manager Joe Torre has decided to make Manny the designated hitter, batting in the fourth spot. Ramirez ranks fourth all-time in home runs hit at Fenway Park (141) while ranking fifth here in runs scored (417) and RBI (471) and ninth in hits (657). He still has a presence in the Red Sox record books as he ranks fifth in homers with 274, one more than his David Ortiz. Ramirez ranks seventh in RBI (868), third in slugging percentage (.588) and fifth in on-base percentage (.411).

For the Record: The Red Sox have won 15 of the last 18 series since April 2o and owns the best record in that time at 36-19 (.655). At 40-28, Boston is in third place in the American League East, just 2.0 games behind the first-place Yankees and Rays. It marks the team’s smallest deficit since they were 1.5 games out on April 14.

At the Bat: The Red Sox lead the Majors in at-bats (2,374), runs (373), hits (659), doubles (170), RBI (357), slugging (.466) and total bases (1,107). Red Sox batters have recorded at least 10 hits in each of the last 3 games and 6 of their last 7.

Strong Starters: Since May 29, Red Sox starters have gone at least 6.0 innings in 16 of the last 18 games. With a win last night, John Lackey (8-3) joined Clay Buchholz (9-4) and Jon Lester (8-2) as the only trio in the Majors to win at least eight games this season.

Inside Interleague Play: This season marks the 14th season of Interleague Play and the Red Sox play their next 15 games against N.L. opponents. The Sox are 7-2 thus far in Interleague action after sweeping Arizona this Tuesday-Thursday. Boston has won 13 of the last 17 Interleague games, while they have won 15 of the last 18 series. All-time, Boston holds a 134-104 record (.563) in Interleague games, good enough for fourth-best. Last season, the Red Sox were 11-7 (.611) during Interleague Play, the sixth-best mark in the Majors.

Red Sox in Interleague 2010: 7-2 (.778)
May 21-23 at Philadelphia (2-1)
Last Weekend vs. Philadelphia (2-1)
Tuesday-Thursday vs. Arizona (3-0)
This Weekend vs. Los Angeles
Tuesday-Thursday at Colorado
Next Weekend at San Francisco


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