Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/11/13
8 a.m. ET: Monday night was a long one at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox and Rays played nearly five and a half hours of baseball, with the Red Sox giving away a six-run lead in regulation and another two-run lead in extra innings before Daniel Nava finally won it with an RBI single in the top of the 14th. The game was so long, in fact, that the fact that the teams nearly came to blows in the sixth inning was almost forgotten by the time the Trop closed up shop early Tuesday morning. That scuffle surely has not been forgotten by the players, though, and the longstanding tension between these two teams will be a storyline to watch as this series continues. With both teams completely emptying their bullpens in the 14-inning affair (the Rays even had infielder Ryan Roberts warming up in the late stages), it will be increasingly important for Tuesday’s starters to eat up innings. Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60 ERA) takes the mound for Boston while Tampa Bay counters with Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on NESN.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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