The Tampa Bay Rays (38-32), who have struggled all season against left-handed pitching, must face two quality lefties on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies (34-38). A wash out on Friday night left the two teams to double up on Sunday, with Tampa Bay's David Price taking on Philadelphia's Cole Hamels in game one of the day-night doubleheader. The Rays are 9-14 this season against left-handed starters.
David Price (9-4, 3.08 ERA) will start game one for Tampa Bay. The young lefty is coming off a win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, and is now 3-0 in his last four road starts.
Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP against these Rays, is 10-3 on the year with a 3.25 ERA. He is in the Top 10 in the big leagues in strikeouts, mowing down 99 batters so far this season.
First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST, with the nightcap to follow at 6:35 p.m. EST.
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