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Two aces faced off tonight in Jon Lester and David Price. However, it was everything but the anticipated rubber match. Much to the relief of the Red Sox offense, the 2012 Cy Young Award winner struggled mightily tonight.
The third inning was the exact jolt this Red Sox offense lusted. Stephen Drew led things off with a walk, followed by a Jacoby Ellsbury single to center. Then, the Sox offense just continued to chip away at Price by working the count, building his pitch count, and being selective at the plate. It all paid off as Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli, and Gomes all drove in runs, giving the Sox a 4-0 lead. Price eventually left the game due to what seemed like an injury to his pitching arm, as he continued to flex his fingers. Price may be in a bit of trouble, given his horrid season and this injury.
The third inning continued and the Sox weren't done. They batted around the line-up with Drew coming to the plate again. And what does he do? Clears the bases with a grand slam of course. He's a Drew, what did you expect? 8-0 Sox, just like that. Remarkable inning.
Even Lester had a hiccup in the third inning...just not nearly as big as Price. He allowed two earned runs in the bottom of the inning. Lester's "slip" has to be chalked up to waiting for the Sox offense to stop pounding the Rays, right? The rest of the night, Lester was stronger as the game went on. On 107 pitches, he threw seven innings, allowing eight hits, two earned runs, no walks, and struck out five Rays.
Lester is still undefeated, earning his sixth win of the young season and is tied for second place for wins in the American League. Oh by the way, Clay Buchholz has six wins too. Pretty nice having two aces (so far) atop the rotation, right?
This game could very well launch the Sox out of their slumping ways. It also never hurts your team's confidence to pound a top ace for eight runs on the road.
Felix Doubront takes the mound for the Sox and will counter Rays starter Alex Cobb tomorrow. First pitch is at 7:10pm.
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The Red Sox really needed that one.
After losing nine of 11 games and falling all the way to third place in the American League East, Boston’s offense finally came through Wednesday night, pouring in nine runs in a 9-2 rout of Tampa Bay.
Jon Lester was strong again on the mound, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings to run his record to 6-0, and he credited the Red...
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Jon, whatever you're doing this season is working so keep it up.
- From a fan.
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Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and the Boston Red Sox roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Wednesday night.
Price (1-4) departed from the marquee pitching matchup because of left triceps tightness during Boston's eight-run third inning, which Drew finished with his towering homer off Jamey Wright....
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price was placed on the disabled list after training the triceps in his pitching arm last night against the Boston Red Sox. It marks the first time the Price has been on the disabled list in his career.
An MRI last night revealed that there was no structural damage and the team doesn’t believe it’s a long-term situation for the reigning Cy Young...
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Tampa Bay Rays LHP David Price suffered triceps tightness on his throwing arm in the third inning of Wednesday’s game, a major blow to a team struggling to hang on the back of the pack of a competitive AL East. The reigning Cy Young Award winner has been off to a tough start at 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA. For reference, Price was 20-5 with a 2...
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price has been placed on the 15 day disabled list after suffering a strained left triceps during yesterday’s start against the Boston Red Sox. Price began to feel tightness at the start of the 3rd inning, throwing around 4-5 pitches before realizing he “didn’t think it was going away”. Initial expectations are that Price will miss around 2 weeks...
The Rays’ clubhouse is a fun place these days, but no one in Tampa Bay is laughing about David Price’s season.
Price, who won 20 games en route to earning the AL Cy Young award last season, has long been a key character in the debate over which pitcher could crack the $200-million plateau with his next contract. It’s probably unlikely that Price, who has two more years of arbitration...
AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has left the Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Red Sox with left triceps tightness.
Price departed with one out in the third inning in Wednesday night's game after allowing an RBI single to David Ortiz.
The left-hander walked toward the plate after delivering the pitch to Ortiz and appeared to grimace.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, a...
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price left his start against the Boston Red Sox with triceps tightness in his pitching arm.
Price left after allowing an RBI base hit to David Ortiz in the third inning.
He appeared to grimace and was flexing his left hand. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, a team athletic trainer and the Rays infield all joined Price on the mound after the play. Jamey Wright...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. David Price addresses a common question about his unfamiliar start, the results different but his expectations the same. The left-hander and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner has faced a number of these queries in the past month Whats wrong? What has changed from last year? and he finds himself doing so again.
It is a recent Monday in the home...
First Pitch: Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 7:10, Thursday 7:10
Arms: Tuesday: John Lackey, RHP (1-3, 2.82 ERA) vs. Matt Moore, LHP (6-0, 2.14 ERA)
Wednesday: Jon Lester, LHP (5-0, 2.73 ERA) vs. David Price, LHP (1-3, 4.78 ERA)
Thursday: Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Alex Cobb, RHP (4-2, 3.02 ERA)