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The last time the Red Sox faced the Cubs at Fenway Park, on Sept. 11, 1918, the Red Sox won 2-1 to win the World Series four games to two. Carl Mays won his second game of the series in front of only 15,000+ fans.
With the Cubs set to return to Fenway Park for the first time in nearly 93 years, the teams will both don their early-1900′s throwbacks for Saturday’s primetime game.
“I think this is a great series for the fans, you’re right, there is some history there,” said manager Terry Francona, who spent 1 year playing for the Cubs. “I think it’s going to be a big ticket. I think from where we look at it, though, it’s an opportunity to win a game. We got a team coming in that we’d like to beat.”
The Cubs enter Thursday night fifth in the NL Central with an 18-23 record. They have reached the .500 mark 10 different times this season, but have failed to win anymore than two straight games.
“It can be tough there,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “But I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to our team playing well. Like Wrigley Field, it’s a wonderful place to go.”
It sure is, Mike.
Game 1 is Friday night at 7:10 p.m. Jon Lester will be on the hill for the Sox, opposing Cubs lefty Doug Davis.