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By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 10, 2007
What's new: Despite some injuries and inconsistencies, the Sox continue to have the best record in baseball for a reason, primarily a patient offense that wears down pitchers, a strong rotation and the majors' best bullpen. Plus, they may soon get back LF Manny Ramirez, who has missed 11 games with a strained left oblique, and RHP Eric Gagne, who has been out two weeks with shoulder soreness.
Key stat: Since Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed a homer to Jonny Gomes on July 28, hitters are 2-for-49 against him, and he has retired 19 of his past 20.
Who's hot: DH David Ortiz has been carrying the load with a .357 (30-for-84) average in his past 23 games and seven homers and 18 RBIs in his past 16.
Who's not: 1B Kevin Youkilis has a .233 average (47-for-202) in his past 58 games.
Connections: Sox backup C Kevin Cash and SS Julio Lugo are ex-Rays, hitting coach Dave Magadan a Tampa product; Rays 1B Carlos Pena played briefly for Boston last season.
Series history: The Sox lead 9-3 this season, 60-21 at Fenway (including 5-1 this season) and 107-56 overall.