Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 6/9/13
Sean Riley Contributing Writer Monday's are usually pretty bad, its back to work and no more BBQ's. But this Monday opens a three game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays and that alone will help me get through a miserable Monday work day. With Tampa Bay only 4.5 games back in the division, the Red Sox will look to take this series and push the Rays down farther in the A.L. East. John Lackey will look to get the ball rolling on Monday's series opener and Sox fans are hoping to see the pitcher who has four start quality starts. A slow start to the season for Lackey but he has really picked it up as of late and it seems his arm is becoming stronger and velocity has followed suit. With an impressive 2.79 ERA in almost 52 innings this year Lackey has become a very solid middle of the rotation starter. Opposing Lackey for Monday night's game will be Ray's young gun Alex Cobb. Boston has already seen Cobb twice this year and have only been able to bring home four earned runs in thirteen
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