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ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Sox continue a 7-day, 6-game road trip with the 1st of 3 contests in Chicago…They took 2 of 3 in Miami prior to yesterday’s off day to begin the trek…The Red Sox are 17-13 (.567) on the road, the 5th-best mark in the AL…They have posted a Major League-leading 16-8 (.667) road mark in 24 tilts away from home since 4/23 and have won 8 of their last 11 road contests.

BACK AT WRIGLEY: The Red Sox are playing their 2nd-ever series at Wrigley Field, having gone 1-2 against the Cubs in Chicago from 6/10-12/05…It also marks the 2 teams 3rd overall regular-season series, as the Sox hosted the Cubs at  Fenway Park last year and won 2 of 3 contests.

  • The Red Sox and Cubs also met in the 1918 World Series with Boston winning in 6 games…Chicago’s home games in that series were played at Comiskey Park.

PAPI’S POP: David Ortiz knocked his team-leading 15th homer on Wednesday night in Miami, tied for 7th-most in the AL…He is 3rd in the Majors with 35 extra-base hits, trailing only Joey Votto (39) and Josh Hamilton (36).

At 393 career home runs, he is tied with Jim Edmonds for 53rd on the all-time list…He is 7 homers shy of 400 career, a mark only 7 active players have reached.

Since 2005, Ortiz has hit 18 homers in only 43 games and 159 at-bats as a 1st baseman, including Wednesday night’s blast, for a home run rate of 1 every 8.83 at-bats, tops in the Majors while playing 1st base during that span among players with at least 100 plate appearances at the position (Elias).

GOING ON 50: With a victory today, Daisuke Matsuzaka will pick up his 50th career Major League win…He would be the 3rd Japanese-born pitcher to reach the mark, joining Hideo Nomo (123) and Tomo Ohka (51).

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