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What's new: The teams are making up Thursday's rainout. The Red Sox won two of three over weekend in Baltimore. DH David Ortiz could face discipline for his outburst in dispute of a strike call Saturday. The Sox are second in the majors in runs and lead in doubles, on-base plus slugging percentage and extra-base hits; they are second in hits and walks. They also lead the AL in steals. Though the bullpen has been hit hard by injuries, RHP Koji Uehara has emerged as the closer and hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 July appearances.

Key stat: The Sox are an MLB-best 44-9 when scoring first this season.

Connections: OF Jonny Gomes is a former Rays favorite, 3B coach Brian Butterfield a former Eckerd College assistant. … Rays 1B James Loney a former Red Sox, OF Sam Fuld a proud son of New Hampshire.

Series history: The Sox have won 10 of 15 this season, are 160-114 overall, 89-49 at Fenway.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Red Sox preview 07/28/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:14pm]
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