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This week’s obscure but telling facts from statistician Chuck Waseleski of Millers Falls (through Friday):


Jacoby Ellsbury has scored 50 runs when leading off innings.


Jake Peavy has retired 30 of the 32 batters he has faced in the first inning. Opponents are batting .033 against him in the first.



The Red Sox have outscored opponents, 77-23, when Clay Buchholz is pitching.

1.97, 7.40

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Jon Lester’s ERA is 1.97 when he retires the leadoff batter, 7.40 when the leadoff batter reaches base.