Rays at Red Sox - for brunch
UPDATE, 9:19: The Rays lineup:
UPDATE, 9:08: One other note, for what it's worth - the last time the Sox were swept at home in a series of four or more games was in 2006, when the Yankees took five Aug. 18-21,
UPDATE, 8:43 AM (that's weird to type too): A couple interesting notes from Rays PR man Chris Costello:
* Matt Garza is the first pitcher to start a season with 3 consecutive outings of at least 8 IP, allowing 1 ER or less since PHI Curt
Schilling in 1998 (also 3 starts)…he is the first AL pitcher to do so since BOS Roger Clemens in 1991 (3 starts)… Clemens
won the AL Cy Young that season.
* Garza became the 3rd Rays pitcher to win his first three games of a season (Doug Waechter in Aug./Sep, 2003 and Victor
Zambrano in Mar/Apr 2004).
DEVELOPING: It's definitely a bit unusual pulling up to Fenway Park in a cab at 8:05 in the morning, but Boston is already bustling on what is a huge sports day, with the Red Sox playing this morning, then the marathon and then the Bruins playoff game tonight - and the Celtics prepping for their Tuesday game.
Several Rays players had already left their hotel and were headed over before 8 as they assemble looking for what would be a staggering sweep of the Sox, who at 4-8 are off to their worst start since 1996.
The Boston media is starting to get on them a little bit too. The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan wrote that the Rays are "scary good" and the Yankees "may be on their way to 105 wins. "
So, thus, he concludes:
"They all can’t go to the postseason. Somebody’s going home Oct. 3, and if they continue to play like this that somebody will be the Boston Red Sox."
And the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley writes that yes it's still early, "But if the team in question takes too long to turn things around, it faces the possibility of being out of contention before the end of May."