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vs. Red Sox
What's new: The Sox have the league's best record — 39-25 — and are the only AL team to be above .500 all season. They lead MLB in runs, doubles and on-base percentage and have a plus-80 run differential. CF Jacoby Ellsbury and DH David Ortiz have been hot, along with SS Jose Iglesias. The starting pitching has been among the league's best.
Key stat: Sox hitters, going into play Sunday, led the majors with 4.07 pitches seen per plate appearance, with Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia ranking 1-2.
Connections: OF Jonny Gomes is a former Rays favorite and 3B coach Brian Butterfield is a former Eckerd College assistant. … Rays Alex Cobb, Brandon Gomes and Sam Fuld are New Englanders.
Series history: Sox are 5-1 this season and lead 155-110 overall, 69-64 at Trop.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer