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Red Sox start 2nd half with big homestand

Thursday - 7/18/2013, 8:40pm  ET

BOSTON (AP) -- Already with the most wins in the American League, the Boston Red Sox will get a big boost to start the second half of the season.

"The most important thing for us is that we get off the road, we get back into this ballpark and feed off the energy of the people here in Fenway," manager John Farrell said Thursday as his first-place team went through an optional workout before a weekend series against the New York Yankees.

"We're looking forward to the start of this homestand."

The Red Sox, an American League-best 58-39 at the break (after winning just 69 games last season), play 13 of their next 16 games at home, where they are 31-16 this season.

The three games against the Yankees are followed by four with Tampa Bay. A three-game stop in Baltimore precedes three-game home series with Seattle and Arizona.

Boston has been in first place since May 27, but losses at Oakland in the last two games of a 5-5 West Coast trip knocked the lead down to 2
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