Patriots Day means a lot of thing in Boston: The real start of spring, the Boston Marathon, excessive drinking, and this year it means the Tampa Bay Rays face off against the Red Sox in four straight games at Fenway. (more)
The Boston Red Sox will play in their last home series of the season this Tuesday and Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox are officially a losing team for the first time since 1997 at 68-82. Something else to consider, however: The Sox averaged 91.8 wins throughout the past 14 seasons. (more)
When Boston Red Sox’s center fielder stepped to the plate Monday night in St. Petersburg, Florida, his team was down by a run. So far the team had looked hopeless and lifeless against the Tampa Bay Rays. (more)
Tampa Bay, coming off a 1-5 road trip to Baltimore and New York, fell short to the Red Sox this past Monday night. Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs and Aaron Cook stopped his five-game losing streak. The Rays dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees and 5 games behind the Orioles. In the last seven games, the Rays have scored just 21 runs. (more)
James Shields let up a scattered six hits and just one run through seven innings of work, racking up six strikeouts to lead his Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 2-1 last night at Tropicana Field. CC Sabathia pitched all eight innings for the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. (more)
Third baseman Michael Young blasted a three-run homer to center field for the Texas Rangers to coast past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 in Game 2 of the ALDS yesterday at Tropicana Field. The run production began in the third inning when Matt Teanor reached home on a James Shields throwing error. Ian Kinsler then sent a solo shot to left for the early 2-0 advantage, leaving Young to step up and put the game out of reach. It’s always nice to contribute and nice to play well,” said Young. “We’re competitors, we want to do our jobs well. But at the end of the day, the ‘W’ is what every team is searching for.”
CJ Wilson was stellar on the hill, allowing just two hits through six innings of work with seven strikeouts. Darren O’Day and Darren Oliver assisted from the bullpen in the final three innings to solidify the victory. “They pitched two really good games, so there’s not too much you can do about that,” said Rays outfielder Carl Crawford. “We’ve just got to hope we can get the next guy that’s coming.” Game 3 is set for Rangers Ball Park Saturday night at 5:07 PM ET. Matt Garza is the scheduled starter for Tampa against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.