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What's new: The Sox are as beat up as the Rays, with OF Cody Ross becoming their 13th player on the DL. But they have won 10 of 13 to get back to .500 (they've yet to be over), outscoring opponents 71-40. Rookie 3B Will Middlebrooks has been impressive enough that the Sox kept him when Kevin Youkilis came off the DL and moved Adrian Gonzalez to right. Scott Podsednik was added, the 39th player they've used. Their bullpen has been among the majors' best over the last month, with Alfredo Aceves taking over as closer.

Key stat: The Sox lead the majors in doubles (117) and extra-base hits (178) and are second in runs (236) and hits (428), going into Thursday's play.

Connections: Rays 1B Carlos Peña and INF Drew Sutton played briefly for Boston. … Sox C Kelly Shoppach and bench coach Tim Bogar are former Rays, hitting coach Dave Magadan is a Tampa product.

Series history: Sox lead 4-2 this season, 145-102 overall, 82-42 at Fenway Park.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: at Boston Red Sox 05/24/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:03pm]
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