April 11, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) pitches during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

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James Shields fell two outs short of a complete game, but Fernando Rodney picked up those last two outs and the Rays shut out the Red Sox 1-0 on Monday.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Tampa Bay Rallies But Comes Up Short In 6-4 Loss

Although they were able to fight back from an early 4-0 deficit, but were not able to avoid a third straight defeat at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, losing 6-4.

After cutting the deficit to 4-3 with clutch hitting in the fifth, the Rays tied the game at four when Luke Scott hit a home run off of Felix Doubront.

The deadlock wouldn't last long as in the bottom half of the sixth, David Ortiz put the Sox up 5-4 with an RBI double. The Red Sox added an insurance run when Mike Aviles hit his first home run of the season.

Matt Moore had a rough start on the mound for the Rays, allowing all six runs in 6.1 innings on eight hits and four walks.

The Rays return to action tomorrow morning in Boston for the annual Patriot Day game. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.

For more news and updates from around the league, be sure to drop by Baseball Nationor the Rays blog DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox visit SB Nation's Red Sox blog Over The Monster. And for a peak at the analysis behind the numbers, head over to Beyond the Box Score.


Rays Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Boston Embarrasses Tampa Bay, 12-2

Although the Tampa Bay Rays were the first to strike, the Boston Red Sox made sure the 100th home opener in Fenway Park history would be a win. The Sox used a huge 8th inning to dismantle the Rays, 12-2.

After a Jeff Keppinger double scored Ben Zobrist in the top of the second inning, the Red Sox took over, scoring four runs off of David Price in three innings, and then pulling away for good late.

Joel Peralta was shelled, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks and was pulled without even recording an out. Josh Lueke was also pummeled in the 8th, giving up another four runs on six hits before finally recording an out. He would finish the inning.

Zobrist would add his first home run of the year in the top of the 9th inning, but it would not nearly be enough. He was the only Ray who had more than one hit on the day, as Josh Beckett shut down Tampa for eight innings.

The two teams return to action Saturday, with first pitch at 4:05 p.m. EST.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this series and all things Tampa Bay Rays baseball, please head over to DRaysBay. For some perspective from the other dugout please check out Over the Monster, SB Nation's Boston Red Sox blog. For this series and every other Major League Baseball game, as always, head over to the SB Nation MLB hub page.


Luke Scott Mouths Off Again: Fenway Park A "Dump"

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott is not playing today, thanks to a sore hamstring, but that won't keep him from making a splash in Boston's home opener this afternoon.

Talking with ESPN Boston, Luke had this to say about 100 year old Fenway Park, Home of the Red Sox: IT'S A DUMP.

"As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump," said Scott, whose Rays play the Red Sox on Friday in their Fenway opener. "I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I'd rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage, where I have space and it's a little more comfortable to come to work.

Scott's reputation precedes him as an outspoken Tea Party activist, occasionally talking about his faith as well. He's outspoken, and has the potential to create a bigger buzz for the Rays and Red Sox rivalry than last year's DH, the great Judas, Johnny Damon.

Luke Scott, the former Baltimore Orioles slugger, took part in unseating Boston from the playoffs last year as the Rays won that historic Game 162 for the American League Wild Card. This spring he talked about how wonderful that felt due to his distain for Red Sox Nation, calling the fans pure "arrogance" and complaining about their skilled heckling of ball players.

He can wish for some better facilities for the visiting team, surely coming from Camden Yards to the Trop wasn't an upgrade either, but he might be crossing a line with his remarks. It's understandable that he dislikes Boston, but Fenway Park is a cathedral, and this kind of insult may upset baseball fans across the nation.

Scott attempted to justify his remarks shortly thereafter:

"You're packed in like sardines there. It's hard to get your work in. ... You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan's perspective, it's probably pretty cool to go see a game at a historic park. But from a player's point of view, it's not a place where you want to go to work."

Understandable. That sounds annoying. A little too late, though. Thanks for heating up the rivalry, Luke, but buckle up - that heckling you dislike is about to get a lot worse. No player can get away with calling Fenway Park a dump.

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