COAST TO COAST: The Dodgers swept a 3-game series in LA when these teams first met in Interleague play in 2002, but the Sox have won 7 of 9 meetings since…Boston has out-scored LAD, 52-48, in the all-time series, with 9 of 12 games decided by 3 runs or fewer, and 7 decided by 1 or 2 runs.
HOMECOMING: Tonight’s starting pitcher, Steven Wright, was born in Torrance, CA, less than 25 miles southwest of Dodger Stadium.
FOR THE 1,000TH TIME: David Ortiz has 998 XBH with Boston…The only players to reach 1,000 XBH as a Red Sox are Carl Yastrzemski (1,157) and Ted Williams (1,117).
· The Giants are the only franchise with 3 players who recorded at least 1,000 XBH (Mays, Ott, Bonds)…The only others with 2 players to reach 1,000 XBH are the Braves (Aaron, C. Jones) and Yankees (Gehrig, Ruth).
SHUT THE DOOR: The Sox’ bullpen ranks 4th in the majors with a 2.43 ERA since 7/6 (24 team games, 17 ER/63.0 IP)…Boston relievers have allowed only 1 earned run in the club’s last 8 games (15.2 IP; 0.57 ERA).