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BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Boston fans hope to enjoy plenty of runners — and runs — on a big sports day in town.

It begins with the 125th Boston Marathon, the first time the event is being held in the fall.

Canceled last year and postponed this spring from its usual Patriots’ Day start by coronavirus concerns, the course takes runners through Kenmore Square, about a block from Fenway Park, with a mile to go to the Back Bay finish line.

The Red Sox traditionally play on the April date of the marathon. They’ll be in action this time, too, with higher stakes — Game 4 of the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay.

A day after winning a wild one, helped by a bizarre bounce, the wild-card Red Sox look to close out the Rays at Fenway. Boston leads 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

The Sox have won their last five postseason games at Fenway, marking the longest streak in the park’s history. Additionally, skipper Alex Cora in his managerial career is 4-0 in closeout or elimination games.

Boston centerfielder Kiké Hernández will look to continue his hot streak, having been the best hitter not just on the Red Sox, but among all players in the postseason. In the first three games of the divisional series, he’s gone 8-for-16 with two home runs, three doubles, four runs scored and five RBI, tying the Red Sox postseason record for extra-base hits in a single series. (The others are Carl Yastrzemski in the 1967 World Series, John Valentin in the 1999 ALDS, and Kevin Youkilis in the ALCS in both 2007 and 2008.)

During Sunday’s marathon 5 hour and 14 minute contest, Hernandez got a hit in his seventh straight at-bat, breaking a franchise postseason record.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.

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