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Red Sox ready to celebrate Fenway's 100th birthday

BOSTON — Fenway Park is ready for its 100th birthday, and the Boston Red Sox are planning a big party.

After a decade of renovations to the majors' oldest ballpark, the team has put on some finishing touches to get it ready for this season. Opening Day is Friday, and a week later the club will celebrate the anniversary of Fenway's opening on April 20, 1912.

The festivities began on Monday, when the Harvard baseball team took batting practice to commemorate the first baseball game in the park, an exhibition between the school and the Red Sox on April 9, 1912.

Also Monday, the team gave Mayor Tom Menino a tour. Because Menino was in a walking boot, he rode around a bullpen cart with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino.