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Rays Vs. Red Sox, Game 3 Preview: Tampa Bay Looks To Take Series Victory, Move Closer To First

The Tampa Bay Rays (28-19) take on the Boston Red Sox (23-23) Sunday afternoon in game three of their three game series. The series is currently tied 1-1, with the Rays taking game one and the Sox taking game two.

Friday's game ended with Boston pitcher Franklin Morales hitting Luke Scott in the leg to clear the benches, and Saturday's had more traditional late-game drama with Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting a pinch-hit two run home run in the ninth to give the Red Sox a 3-2 victory.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73 ERA) will take the mount for the Rays and face Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84 ERA). The Red Sox will be looking to move above .500 for the first time this season. If the Rays can win and Baltimore loses, Tampa Bay will be tied for first place in the AL East. They'll have a good chance against the struggling Buchholz, who posts a league-worst ERA with a league-best run support. The Rays saw Buchholz in late April, getting five runs on six hits. Carlos Pena is 3-7 with a double against Buchholz this season.

Start Time: 1:35pm EDT

Location: Fenway Park

Television Coverage: Sun Sports

Streaming: via MLB.tv

Stick with this storystream for updates, results and more from the Tampa Bay vs. Boston series. DRays Bay is your full time source for Rays news and analysis, and if the Red Sox are your team, check out Over the Monster.

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