The Tampa Bay Rays are the hottest team in baseball right now. The Rays have won five straight games, 17 of their last 19 and are 15-2 in July.
Tonight the Rays invade Fenway Park looking to lay claim to first place in the American League East. The Red Sox currently lead the Rays by 1 1/2 games.
There's a lot on the line.
"Big series," Rays DH Luke Scott said. "Two very good teams, AL East battle, pennant race, there's going to be some good games. A lot on the line. It should be a fun series."
Fun? Things may get rough. These rivals have a history.
From Gerald Williams charging at Pedro Martinez to Coco Crisp's swing and miss on James Shields there have been memorable dust-ups. The latest occurred June 10 when Sox starter John Lackey plunked the Rays Matt Joyce and the dugouts emptied.
Expect more fireworks for the next four nights.
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