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Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway tonight

Red Sox and Yankees at Fenway tonight

Jun 27, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell (53) looks on during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

STATE OF THE SOX: Boston today begins a stretch of 23 games in 23 days (12 home, 11 road)…Yesterday marked the Sox’ lone off day in a span of 44 days from 7/19-8/31.

110 DOWN: At 60-50, the Sox have the same record they had after 110 games in 2004 (World Series champs), 1999 (AL Wild Card), 1990 (AL East champs), and 1967 (AL champs)…7 of the last 13 World Series champions were 60-50 or worse after 110 games, including 3 of the last 5: 2014 Giants (60-50), 2012 Giants (60-50), 2011 Cardinals (58-52), 2008 Phillies (60-50), 2006 Cardinals (60-50), 2004 Red Sox (60-50), and 2003 Marlins (60-50).

HOME, SWEET HOME: The Red Sox are 11-0 in Rick Porcello’s home starts…Boston last won each of a pitcher’s first 11+ home starts in 1961 (Don Schwall, first 12)…Porcello leads the majors with 10 home wins (10-0, 3.21 ERA).
· Boston leads the AL and is 2nd in MLB behind COL in runs per game (5.95), AVG (.302), OBP (.369), SLG (.493), and OPS (.862) at home…The Sox’ 159 doubles at home lead MLB and are 44 more than any other AL team.

CENTURY MARK: Rick Porcello is 99-81 in his career and doesn’t turn 28 until December 27…Only 9 pitchers who debuted in 1976 or later won 100 games before turning 28: Fernando Valenzuela, Roger Clemens, Bret Saberhagen, Dwight Gooden, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez, and Clayton Kershaw.

TODAY IN RED SOX HISTORY: AUGUST 9, 1949 (67 years ago): Dom DiMaggio went 0-for-5 against NYY, ending his franchise-record 34-game hit streak.

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