The Dodgers last played the Red Sox in Boston during the 1916 World Series. Boston’s home games in that series were played at Braves Field, however, because it could hold more people than the four-year old Fenway.
The Red Sox won all three of their home games in that series, including the deciding Game 5.
With 88 years to get over that loss, the Dodgers should be focused against Boston for the series opener. Los Angeles owner Frank McCourt, who grew up in Boston and tried unsuccessfully to buy the Red Sox three years ago, will be ready to bring his new team home.
“He’s very excited about this upcoming series,” manager Jim Tracy said of McCourt.
After averting a three-game sweep against Toronto with a 6-1 win Thursday, the Dodgers come into the series with a 3-3 record on their nine-game road trip.
“There’s a lot of history there, the Green Monster, great fans, great city,” Dodgers closer Eric Gagne said. “It’s going to be exciting.”
The Red Sox come in after winning two of three in their series with the San Diego Padres, and four of their last five overall. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who made his season debut Wednesday, hit a two-run double on Thursday to lead the Red Sox to a 9-3 win.