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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Red Sox followed up their 69-win 2012 season with 97 wins in 2013, the club's second largest improvement ever between two full seasons (1945-46, 71 to 104). Boston went on to win its third World Series in the last 10 years (2004, 2007, 2013), the first team to win three titles in a 10-year period since the Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.
  2. In 2013, Baltimore won the season series against Boston, 11-8, a year after winning 13 of 18 against the Red Sox. This marked the first time the Orioles have won back-to-back season series against Boston since 1991-92 (8-5, 8-5). The 11 wins were the most by any team against the Red Sox in 2013.
  3. Jon Lester won 15+ games in 2013 for the fifth time in his Red Sox career, tying him with Mel Parnell, Luis Tiant and Pedro Martinez for third most in Boston history. The only Red Sox with more 15+ win seasons than Lester are Cy Young and Roger Clemens (seven each).
  4. Chris Tillman's 16 wins in 2013 were the most by an Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina had 18 in 1999 and as many as Tillman had in his first four seasons combined.
  5. David Ortiz followed up his .309/30/103 regular season by hitting .688 in the World Series, becoming the first player ever with at least 11 hits and eight walks in a single postseason series, on his way to being named World Series MVP.
  6. Chris Davis finished with 53 home runs and 42 doubles, becoming the third player in MLB history with 50+ home runs and 40+ doubles in a season, joining Babe Ruth (59 HR, 44 2B in 1921) and Albert Belle (50 HR, 52 2B in 1995). His 53 home runs and 96 extra-base hits were both franchise records.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/31/2014 thru 4/3/2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Boston Red Sox won't have the luxury of easing into a new season as defending World Series champions.

Boston will be tested right off the bat Monday, opening on the road against the improved Baltimore Orioles and Chris Tillman (16-7, 3.71 ERA). At 11-8, the Orioles were the only team in the AL East with a winning record against the Red Sox (97-65) last season, and Baltimore expects to be even better in 2014.

"This is always a challenge to come into Baltimore, or playing them in Fenway," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. "This is a very good team. We've had a chance to see their regular lineup in spring training, and it's deep and powerful. Just another example of how difficult this division can be. This will be a good test for us right out of the gate."

It's also a barometer of sorts for the Orioles (85-77), who missed the postseason in 2013. A sellout crowd will fill Camden Yards to see how Baltimore stacks up against the defending champs.

"We wouldn't have it any other way," center fielder Adam Jones said.

Baltimore recently added pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who will start Wednesday night, and slugger Nelson Cruz joins a lineup that led the majors in home runs last season.

"One through nine, obviously very powerful. A lot like the rest of the East," said Boston left-hander Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75), who will make his fourth consecutive opening day start. "One of the biggest things with this club is you try to keep them in the ballpark as best you can. That's where they do a lot of their damage."

A year ago, Lester got the win as the Red Sox thumped the New York Yankees 8-2 in the season opener. It was an uplifting start for a team coming off a last-place finish, and now Lester hopes to provide a similar boost for a squad opening defense of its title.

"It's like we talked about last year during the playoffs - you want to set the tone for the rest of the guys," said Lester, who is 15-3 lifetime against Baltimore. "You don't want to be that weak link in the chain. You want to go out there and get these guys off on the right foot."

Since beating St. Louis in the World Series, the Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and shortstop Stephen Drew in free agency. Right fielder Shane Victorino will also miss the opener with a strained right hamstring, as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Manager John Farrell says Victorino has a Grade 1 strain and that the injury "is going to require some down time." Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and Daniel Nava was set to start in right field Monday.

Center fielder Grady Sizemore and catcher A.J. Pierzynski will make their debuts with the Red Sox, further proof that this season is not to be confused with 2013.

"We recognize fully that last year is behind us, and everyone is looking forward to (Monday) and beyond," Farrell said. "Shane's situation is going to be one of the challenges thrown our way. We don't know what's going to come up against us. As long as we remain resilient and face those challenges as we did a year ago - as a team - I feel like we'll be in a very good place as we go through this journey in 2014."

The Orioles might have to play Monday without leadoff hitter Nick Markakis, who has been bothered by a sore neck.

"I've got two lineups - one with him in it, one without him in it," manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter scoffed at the notion that the Orioles could make a statement by beating the reigning champs. And since Baltimore usually sells out the opener and regularly draws huge crowds against Boston, he wondered why someone scheduled the Red Sox to launch the season.

"Statements are made at the end of 162 games," Showalter said. "And no, I don't know why we're wasting a good gate on opening day."

Updated March 31, 2014

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