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Red Sox Vs. Rays: David Price Tries To Earn Tampa Bay Series Split

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price takes the mound Thursday as the sliding Rays try to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Rays face the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay has lost seven of its last nine games, and it had lost seven of eight before last night's 13-3 win. The slump has taken Tampa Bay from in control of a Wild Card spot and still in contention for the American League East title all the way down to a 5½-game deficit in the Wild Card standings with time running out.

In such a pinch it's good to have a stabilizing figure such as Price. Price is among the handful of AL Cy Young hopefuls, and he may lead the class. He leads all starters in the majors with a 2.54 ERA, and he's struck out 8.7 batters per nine innings pitched.

Here are the lineups:

For the Rays:

1. LF Desmond Jennings

2. CJ B.J. Upton

3. SS Ben Zobrist

4. 3B Evan Longoria

5. RF Matt Joyce

6. 2B Jeff Keppinger

7. DH Luke Scott

8. 1B Carlos Pena

9. C Jose Molina

LHP David Price

For the Red Sox:

1. CF Pedro Ciriaco

2. 2B Dustin Pedroia

3. DH Cody Ross

4. C Ryan Lavarnway

5. 1B Mauro Gomez

6. 3B Mike Aviles

7. RF Daniel Nava

8. LF Scott Podsednik

9. SS Jose Iglesias

RHP Clay Buchholz

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. The game is televised on Sun Sports.

For more on the Rays, please be sure to check out our blog DRaysBay and SB Nation Tampa Bay for all the latest news and updates. Baseball Nation has you covered for news for all 30 MLB teams.


Rays Vs. Red Sox: Tampa Bay Desperate For Win On Wednesday

After losing four straight games, the Tampa Bay Rays need a win on Wednesday to stay relevant in the Wild Card race. The team currently trails the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles by six games.

The Rays will hope rookie starter Chris Archer (0-3, 3.22 ERA) can get the team headed in the right direction. Despite Archer pitching well in four appearances for Tampa Bay, the Rays have yet to win any of his starts. Boston has never faced the 23-year-old.

Opposing Archer will be Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14 ERA). With a road ERA of 10.14 this season and a career ERA against the Rays of 5.83, Matsuzaka appears to be exactly what the Rays need to get going. Ben Zobrist is 5-for-14 against Matsuzaka in his career with a home run and four RBI.

TV: Sun Sports

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

For more on the Rays, please be sure to check out our blog DRaysBay and SB Nation Tampa Bay for all the latest news and updates.


Rays Vs. Red Sox Lineups: Evan Longoria Starting At DH

The Tampa Bay Rays need to start winning if they're going to stick around in the American League wild card race -- and that winning needs to start tonight, as the Rays play host to the Boston Red Sox.

Last night, Jacoby Ellsbury hit his fourth home run of the season, leading the Red Sox past the Rays, 5-2. Tampa Bay is now five full games back of Baltimore as play opens on Wednesday.

Evan Longoria, who was not in the starting lineup on Monday, is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup for the Rays. Longoria simply was given the day off to rest his legs on Monday.

Both Joe Maddon and Bobby Valentine have announced Tuesday's starting lineups, and they are as follows:

Boston Red Sox

3B Pedro Ciriaco
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2B Dustin Pedroia
RF Cody Ross
1B James Loney
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
DH Ryan Lavarnway
LF Scott Podsednik
SS Jose Iglesias

SP Felix Doubront

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Desmond Jennings
CF B.J. Upton
SS Ben Zobrist
DH Evan Longoria
1B Jeff Keppinger
RF Ben Francisco
2B Ryan Roberts
C Chris Gimenez
3B Sean Rodriguez

SP Jeremy Hellickson

For more on the Rays, check out DRays Bay.


Red Sox Vs. Rays Lineups: B.J. Upton Batting 2nd For Tampa Bay

The Rays have to make up four games in the Wild Card standings and they have fewer than 20 games in which to do it, so they really need to get back on the winning track on Monday night. The lineups for Tampa Bay's first game against the Boston Red Sox are listed below.

Tampa Bay:

1. Desmond Jennings (R) LF
2. B.J. Upton (R) CF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) SS
4. Matt Joyce (L) RF
5. Luke Scott (L) DH
6. Jeff Keppinger (R) 3B
7. Carlos Pena (L) 1B
8. Ryan Roberts (R) 2B
9. Jose Molina (R) C


1. Pedro Ciriaco (R) 3B
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. Cody Ross (R) RF
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) DH
7. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C
8. Scott Podsednik (L) LF
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS

Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay for more updates on the Rays' series against Boston. For more on the Rays, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news, visit Baseball Nation.

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