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What's new: The Sox have a significantly different look since their late July visit, having traded pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy and Andrew Miller; OF Jonny Gomes; and INF Stephen Drew, while sending down OF Jackie Bradley Jr., dumping Mike Carp and putting OF Shane Victorino and INF Xander Bogaerts on the DL. They brought in OF Yeonis Cespedes, OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly and have brought up a bunch of prospects and minor-leaguers. They still have DH David Ortiz, among the AL leaders with 30 homers and 94 RBIs, 2B Dustin Pedroia and 1B Mike Napoli. Rookie C Christian Vazquez looks good. After losing eight straight, they took two of three at Toronto. Bogaerts, who was on the concussion DL, is expected back Saturday.

Key stat: The Sox have played an AL-most 49 one-run games, and are 25-24. (They played 42 last season, going 21-21.)

Connections: Sox RHP Burke Badenhop and INF Kelly Johnson are former Rays, 3B coach Brian Butterfield a former Eckerd College assistant; Rays 1B James Loney was briefly a Red Sox.

Series history: Rays lead 7-5 this season, 5-1 at the Trop. Sox lead 167-123 overall, 74-71 at Trop.

Rays-Red Sox preview 08/28/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:33pm]
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