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What's new: After last season ended in debacle, the Sox went for a shake-up, replacing manager Terry Francona with Bobby Valentine and parting ways with closer Jonathan Papelbon, SS Marco Scutaro, C Jason Varitek and RHP Tim Wakefield. It hasn't worked out so far given their 1-5 start. Injuries to former Rays LF Carl Crawford and the new closer, RHP Andrew Bailey, haven't helped either. Pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller also are on the DL.

Key stat: The Rays held the Sox to a .189 average last year (Boston's lowest against a team since 1921) and .192 at Fenway.

Connections: Rays 1B Carlos Peña played briefly for Boston in 2006. … Sox C Kelly Shoppach and bench coach Tim Bogar are former Rays, hitting coach Dave Magadan a Tampa product.

Series history: Sox lead 141-100 overall, 79-41 at Fenway.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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