American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 29th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (62-43) at Boston Red Sox (63-43), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (5-5, 3.75)
Boston - Felix Doubront (7-4, 3.78)
(Sports Network) - First place in the American League East will be on the line
at Fenway Park on Monday when the Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in a
makeup game from last Thursday.
Boston enters the matchup a half-game ahead of the Rays in the division thanks
to a 5-0 win over Baltimore on Sunday, coupled with Tampa's 6-5 loss to the
New York Yankees.
Despite, Sunday's loss, the Rays are still an amazing 21-4 over their last 25
games. They also had taken two of three from the Red Sox at Fenway last week
before the finale was postponed on Thursday by rain.
"Deja vu all over again," Tampa manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official
website. "I was hoping to get up there and see us on top of that (standings)
board. We're not, just keep plugging away."
Tampa may not have a problem at regaining that top spot, as reigning AL Cy
Young Award winner David Price takes the hill Monday with a chance at putting
himself into the record books.
Price was excellent against the Red Sox on Wednesday, as he went the distance
and allowed one run and five hits to improve to 5-5 on the year, while
lowering his ERA to 3.75.
Since being activated off the disabled list July 2 after missing more than six
weeks with a left triceps strain, Price is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in five starts.
"I do feel very good," he said. "But it's a mindset. You hear it all the time.
Once you have that mindset one time out there, you really grasp the concept of
what it means. A lot of guys say they have the right mindset, but they really
don't know what that mindset is. Once you can have that feeling out there on
the mound and be able to duplicate that five days later, or the next day if
you're a reliever, then you kind of understand what it is. To have that
mindset is a big part of pitching."
Now, Price has a chance to become the first starter to beat the Red Sox twice
at Fenway in a five-day span since Rip Collins of the St. Louis Browns did it
on May 14 and 17, 1931.
Price stands a good chance at etching his name into the record books, as his
1.96 lifetime ERA at Fenway is the lowest mark among active pitchers.
Opposing him will be lefty Felix Doubront, who had a three-start winning
streak stopped by Price and the Rays on Wednesday. Doubront gave up three runs
and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of that one, but fell to 7-4 to go along with a
In 10 games (7 starts) against the Rays, Doubront is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA.
Boston has won 10 of its 15 matchups with the Rays this season.
07/29 10:43:23 ET