Friday April 13, 2012 | 12:30 AM

The 1-5 Boston Red Sox open their home schedule today against the Tampa Bay Rays (4-2). It's another series against a top team.

So far, Boston has been swept by Detroit (5-1), and lost 2-of-3 to Toronto.

But aren't the Red Sox supposed to be a top team?

They are. We all know it's early, but a slow start ended up costing the Red Sox dearly last year.

Pawtucket enjoyed a 10-1 win at Rochester. Jose Iglesias, who had two hits coming into Thursday's game, went 3-for-5. His average upped to .217

Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin, known as a light hitter at Hadlock Field, homered.

Reliever Andrew Miller continued his rehab (1 2/3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K).

The Sea Dogs dropped to 1-7 after a 5-1 loss to Binghamton. Juan Carlos Linares homered. See the game story.

There is also a Sea Dogs notebook, leading with one Sea Dogs' reaction to Ozzie Guillen.

Advanced Class A Salem won 10-8 on Thursday. Touted prospect Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-6 with two doubles.

Another shortstop in the spotlight, 18-year-old Jose Vinicio went 2-for-3 for Greenville ... High draft pick Henry Owens gave up 7 hits, 4 runs and 3 walks over 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out 7.

And in news about former Sea Dogs:  pitcher Casey Kelly threw 6 innings Thursday (5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) for the Triple-A Padres team. Kelly is still only 22.

Check back later today - and on Twitter (ClearTheBases) - for reports from Fenway.


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