12 p.m.: This weekend, and particularly Sunday’s game, went for the Red Sox the way much of this season has. Boston had its moments of turmoil but kept providing the big hits and timely plays until it turned out on the better end of the runs scored and win-loss columns.
Coming off a strong series win over the Yankees, which was capped by the latest Red Sox’ walk-off win in a season full of them, Boston (60-40) welcomes the Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) to Fenway Park on Monday night for the beginning of a four-game series. While the Red Sox have looked good lately, winning six of their last nine, the Rays have been scorching. Tampa has won 17 of its last 19 dating back to June 28.
With the American League East as tight as ever, plenty rides on this four-game set at Fenway. The Red Sox will turn to 24-year-old Brandon Workman for the start. While Workman has had only two major league appearances, he knows what it’s like to be thrown into the fire when the Red Sox need some production. After pitching two innings of relief in his first appearance, he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Oakland A’s on July 14, finishing with 6 1/3 innings pitched, two hits and two earned runs.
The Rays will have a little more experience on their side in Matt Moore. He’s been strong again this season, his second as a starter in the bigs, going 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA and 108 strikeouts in his 19 starts. He’s just 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in his career against the Red Sox, though, with David Ortiz (.571) particularly having success against the lefty.
The Red Sox will have a short night of rest before turning around and coming back to the park, with the long night possibly posing problems for their injury-riddled relief staff and outfielder Shane Victorino, who worked through his recurring hamstring injury again this weekend to provide some solid offense and defense.
We’ll keep you up to date on those situations as well as all the other news you need to know going into this evening’s game. First pitch flies at 7:10 p.m.