One year ago, the Red Sox sat seven games below .500 and the Dodgers were two games behind the National League West-leading Giants.
Boston and Los Angeles united to make a blockbuster trade that involved nine players and hundreds of millions of dollars in salary. The Red Sox sent Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in return for James Loney and four prospects.
Boston went on to a 93-loss campaign while Los Angeles finished eight games behind the eventual World Series champion Giants.
This year, both franchises from the super swap have excelled, and they will reconvene at Dodger Stadium on Sunday -- the one year anniversary of the deal -- for the final time this season.
The Red Sox are battling the Rays for first place in the American League East. The Dodgers, meanwhile, hold a sizable advantage in the NL West, and are 46-11 since June 22. Do not, however, call it a hot streak.
"At some point, you've got to quit calling it a hot streak," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I've always been a believer in the only thing that holds you back is when everybody tells you you're not supposed to win at any certain clip."
Los Angeles is 19-4 in August and 29-6 since the All-Star break. Mattingly's bunch is unbeaten in its last 18 series (14-0-4), though the skipper does not want his team to get caught up in the historical references and statistics.
"Let's be ready to play today," Mattingly said. "Let's keep it as simple as that and not worry about how good we've played or how many games or left. Just keep getting ready to play."
On Sunday, the Dodgers will square off against recent Boston addition Jake Peavy. In four starts with the Red Sox, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA. Overall this season, he is 9-5 with a 4.25 ERA.
A native of Springfield, Mass., Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.70 ERA) is slated to start Sunday for the Dodgers. He will face his hometown team for the first time in his career.
Red Sox: Napoli makes triumphant return
Mike Napoli returned to the starting lineup Saturday and collected three hits in four at-bats. Napoli had been out of the lineup for eight days.
"My foot feels better," said Napoli, who was first sidelined with a plantar fasciitis in his left foot and then saw his playing time dwindle as David Ortiz took over at first base during the Sox's current six-game Interleague series road trip. "Everything's fine."
Napoli hit an RBI single and scored on Jonny Gomes' three-run home run in the first inning.
Dodgers: Mattingly wants to keep Crawford healthy
• Mattingly held Crawford, who had started 21 of 24 games but has battled left hamstring and lower back trouble this season, out of Saturday's lineup. The outfielder didn't get a complete day off, as he drew a pinch-hit walk and scored on Gonzalez's two-run double in the eighth inning.
"I want to take care of Carl from the standpoint of him being healthy the rest of the year," Mattingly said. "I'm sure he wants to play, but it's my job to give these guys the best chance to be healthy. We found out with Carl if you go too many days in a row, something ends up nailing him."
• The Dodgers have won each of Capuano's last seven starts. He is 1-1 with a 5.75 ERA in four Interleague outings this season.
• The Dodgers have not dropped a series since losing two of three to the Pirates in mid-June.
• In seven starts since the All-Star break, Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester has only one loss.