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The Boston Red Sox (39-25) begin a seven game road trip tonight in Tampa. The Rays (34-28) currently trail the first place Sox by four games in the American League East.
With three games against the Rays and four against the Orioles in Baltimore, the Red Sox could create some distance or find themselves in fourth place by the end of the week.
The Red Sox have won six of their last eight games. A quick start is key. Boston is 26-4 when scoring first this season -- tied for the second-best record in MLB.
At 20-10 the Rays own the second-best record in the majors since May 8. Tampa Bay has lost five of its six meetings with Boston so far this season.
In game one John Lackey (3-5 2.79 ERA) goes for the Sox. The Rays send Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39 ERA) to the hill.
Lackey is 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his last four starts.
Cobb is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox this season.
First pitch 7:10 EDT. Here’s today’s starting nine:
BEST OF MAXIM
After missing 16 games, Will Middlebrooks is back in the Red Sox lineup.
The third baseman was placed on the disabled list with a low back strain in late May, and finished his five-game rehab assignment in time to be activated for Monday night’s game against the Rays. Middlebrooks had five hits, two home runs and six RBIs in 17 at-bats at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Will Middlebrooks is officially off of the disabled list and back in the Red Sox lineup. Middlebrooks was activated from the DL and will make the start for the Red Sox tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Middlebrooks’ was placed on the DL in late May after suffering a lower back strain against the Cleveland Indians.
In lineup posted outside Red Sox clubhouse Will Middlebrooks...
John Lackey has shown a tendency to give up the long ball in his last few starts. Luckily, the Red Sox were intent on bringing some offense of their own on Monday night.
A six-run first inning staked Lackey to an early lead against the Rays in this one, but he didn’t have the full six runs to work with for very long. A leadoff home run for the Rays in the bottom of the first greeted...
If the Rays want revenge for John Lackey‘s beaning of Matt Joyce on Monday, they’re not likely to get it early on Tuesday night. After all, neither team can afford to lose a starting pitcher in this game, after they both burned up their bullpens in an extra-inning affair the last time out.
NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette isn’t ruling out any unruly behavior from the two teams...
John Lackey is healthy again, and that's meant trouble for opponents.
The Tampa Bay Rays, though, have given him trouble in recent years, something he'd like to put an end to Monday night.
Lackey looks to turn in his fifth straight strong start when the Boston Red Sox visit the Rays to open a three-game series.
The Red Sox (39-25) have won six of eight after taking two...
The benches cleared when Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey nailed Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce in the bottom of sixth inning.
(Photo: John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports) BOSTON-- According to a tweet from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is back from his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox, while multi-purpose utility man Pedro Ciriaco has been designated for assignment. Cafardo tweeted this regarding the move earlier today. Pedro Ciriaco...
Monday night was interesting, to say the least.
The five-hour, 24-minute game that went 14 innings featured 32 hits and 18 runs, but that was just the beginning of the fireworks between Tampa Bay and Boston. Red Sox starter John Lackey sent a pitch into Rays outfielder Matt Joyce‘s back in the sixth inning, clearing both benches.
While Lackey said afterward that the pitch was not...
Boston and Tampa Bay have had a brief benches-clearing scrum in the sixth inning after the Rays' Matt Joyce was hit by a pitch from Red Sox starter John Lackey.
Lackey hit Joyce in the center of the back with two outs and Boston leading 6-4 Monday night. Joyce took several steps toward the mound and shouted at Lackey. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got in between the...
Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesBoth Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew have over 100 more at-bats than Jose Iglesias. Despite that edge in playing time, Drew has exactly six more hits (41) and Middlebrooks one more (36) than Iglesias (35). If you want to add some fancy-schmanzy sabermetrics into the equation, Iglesias has a WAR of 1.7—exactly the same as Drew and far superior to...
The Jose Iglesias-Will Middlebrooks-Stephen Drew conundrum will be a prominent storyline following the Red Sox over the next few weeks.
Middlebrooks, in his first game back from a rehab stint in Pawtucket, got the start at third base Monday night in Tampa Bay, and he and Drew both struggled at the plate in Boston’s 14-inning win. The two infielders combined to go 2-for-13 with...
2:45 p.m.: Will Middlebrooks is back, and the odd man out, as has been speculated, is Pedro Ciriaco.
Ciriaco had his shining moments last season on a team that had little else to offer, but he hasn’t been anything but an average fill-in on the big league roster this year. With Jose Iglesias playing some truly inspired baseball in Middlebrooks’ absence, it only made sense to keep...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon watched the videotape and it didn't change his mind that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally Monday night.
Lackey's pitch struck Joyce in the center of the back, which resulted in a bench-clearing scrum in the sixth-inning of Boston's 10-8, 14-inning win.
"I saw the...
The Red Sox’ lineup is nearly back to full strength.
Shane Victorino is back after a day off on Sunday and Will Middlebrooks has returned after a stint on the 15-day disabled list. The only piece missing is Mike Napoli, who has a day off after finding himself in a slump for the past week. In the past six games, Napoli is 3-for-21 without an extra-base hit.
Mike Carp, who has heated...
Dylan Axelrod (TOR, @HOU)
The White Sox are at the bottom of the AL Central standings, though that's no fault of their starting rotation, which owns a 3.68 ERA on the season (fourth-best on the Junior Circuit). Axelrod has been a major component in this machine over the past month, surrendering a meager 10 runs in his last five starts (29 innings). The 27-year...