2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

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2013 Red Sox schedule released with interleague changes

Two years ago, the Red Sox complained bitterly about a nine-game interleague road trip to three straight National League cities.
Such a scheduling quirk, they argued, forced them to sit DH David Ortiz for much of the trip and re-configure their lineup for an extended period.
Beginning next year, that won't be an issue -- even though the Sox will play four road series in National League cities, according to the 2013 schedule, which was officially released Wednesday.
Thanks to realignment and two 15-team leagues, baseball must now schedule interleague play for nearly every day. That means the Sox will begin interleague play in May -- with two games in Philadelphia May 29-30 -- and end it in late September.
That also means that the Sox will only once play consecutive road series: they have back-to-back three-game sets in San Francisco and Los Angeles from Aug. 19-25.
The other NL trip is two-game series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies in the final week of the season.
When the schedule was formulated, Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to limit interleague play as much as possible in September, so as to not force teams to play by rules other than their own in the final weeks of the season when playoff races are at stake. Unlike past seasons, under the new schedule, the Red Sox do not visit any non-division AL teams more than once. Another scheduling quirk has the Yankees not visiting Boston until after the All-Star break. When the Yanks do come to Fenway, all three of their visits are on the weekend -- presumably to offer MLB's TV partners, Fox and ESPN, the maximum exposure for Sox-Yankee games.

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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