What's new: Not much has changed since the Sox left Tropicana Field on Sunday after losing three of four. They did activate ex-Ray OF Rocco Baldelli from the DL (strained left hamstring) on Thursday with a likely start Saturday. The Sox had won nine straight at home before losing to Cleveland on Wednesday and always hit better at Fenway. 3B Mike Lowell, LF Jason Bay and 2B Dustin Pedroia have been hot.
Key stat: The Rays have won six of their past eight games, including the postseason, at Fenway. Before that, they won just 17 of their previous 79 there.
Connections: Boston's Baldelli and INFs Nick Green and Julio Lugo are ex-Rays, and 1B coach Tom Bogar was the Rays' quality assurance coach last season. Rays OF Gabe Kapler and 1B Carlos Peña are ex-Red Sox and senior adviser Don Zimmer a former Red Sox manager.
Series history: Red Sox lead 121-73 overall, 69-27 at Fenway, though Rays are 29-33 under manager Joe Maddon.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer