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RED SOX KICKOFF SPRING TRAINING GAMES TODAY

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

JetBlue Park at Fenway South, Lee County, FL

THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: The 2013 Red Sox led the AL and tied for the best record in MLB at 97-65 (.599) en route to the franchise’s 8th World Series Championship.

The Red Sox won the deciding Game 6 of the 2013 World Series over STL in Boston on 10/30, 120 days ago…It was the club’s 1st WS clinch at home in 95 years, since Game 6 of the 1918 World Series at Fenway Park (2-1 over CHC).

THREE OUT OF TEN: The Red Sox have won the World Series in 3 of the last 10 years — 2004, 2007, 2013 – following an 86-year Championship drought…It marks the most titles among MLB teams in the new century.

Since new ownership took over in 2002, the Red Sox have won 1,098 games, 2nd in MLB to NYY’s 1,155.

TURNAROUND TITLE: With the 2013 World Series victory, Boston completed the greatest turnaround season in baseball history…No other World Series Champ had a winning pct. the year before as low as Boston’s .426 mark in 2012. The 2013 Sox joined the 1991 Twins as the only teams ever to win a WS one season after a last-place finish.

REPETITION PROPOSITION: The 2014 Red Sox will attempt to become the 1st team to win back-to-back World Series titles since the Yankees won 3 in a row, 1998-2001.

The Red Sox have won consecutive World Series titles once before, in 1915 and 1916…The only other time the club won the AL crown in 2 straight years was 1903 (won the WS) and 1904 (WS was not played).

SOPHOMORE SKIPPER: John Farrell returns for a 2nd season as Red Sox Manager after guiding the team to the 2013 World Series Championship in his 1st year at the helm…He joined Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918), and Jake Stahl (1912) as the only managers to win the World Series in their 1st year piloting the Red Sox.

Farrell led the Sox to a 97-65 (.599) regular season record in 2013, tied with STL for the best in baseball…He became the 1st skipper to earn a share of MLB’s best record in his 1st year at the helm of a team since PIT’s Bill Virdon in 1972.

Farrell finished 2nd in 2013 AL Manager of the Year voting…He was The Sporting News‘ AL Manager of the Year and the Boston Baseball Writers’ MLB Manager of the Year.

SWEET RETURNS: Boston’s coaching staff has returned in its entirety for the 1st time since all 2007 coaches came back for the 2008 season…Torey Lovullo returns as Bench Coach, Greg Colbrunn as Hitting Coach, Juan Nieves as Pitching Coach, Brian Butterfield as Third Base Coach, Arnie Beyeler as First Base Coach, Victor Rodriguez as Assistant Hitting Coach, and Dana LeVangie as Bullpen Coach.

PROSPECTING LEADERS: The Red Sox lead MLB with both 8 players on Baseball America’s 2014 Top 100 Prospects List, and 9 players on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects List…SS Xander Bogaerts ranks as the No. 2 prospect in baseball on both lists. According to Baseball America, the Red Sox have the 2nd-best farm system in baseball after the Pirates.

THE X-FACTOR: Xander Bogaerts, who turned 21 last October, became the 2nd-youngest player ever to start every WS game for a team that won it all…The only younger player to do it was a Miguel Cabrera at 20 for FLA in 2003.

JETBLUE PARK: The Red Sox are playing their 3rd spring at the Fenway South Spring Training and Player Development Complex in Fort Myers, FL…The complex’s main field, JetBlue Park, mimics the playing dimensions of Fenway Park in Boston, including a Green Monster in left field…JetBlue Park’s total capacity is approximately 11,000, with 9,900 fixed seats.

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