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For starters, Rays vs Red Sox

The Rays will go for their first three-game winning streak of the season tonight against Red Sox.

With a victory, Tampa Bay will clinch their first series win in their last seven (and second of the season including the opening games in Boston).

SS Jason Bartlett gets the day off, with Ben Zobrist starting at shortstop, and Gabe Kapler (who is 7-for-17 in his career against Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield), will start in rightfield.

RH Jeff Niemann, who has been arguably one of the Rays most consistent starters since his tough first inning in his debut (five runs) will get the start against veteran knuckleballer in Wakefield. Wakefield has typically been tough on the Rays, but Tampa Bay has hit him well in their last two games facing him, including last year's playoffs.

RAYS

Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Burrell, dh
Zobrist, ss
Iwamura, 2b
Kapler, rf
Navarro, c
Niemann, p

And the Red Sox:
Ellsbury, cf
Pedroia, 2b
Ortiz, dh
Youkilis, 1b
Drew, rf
Bay, lf
Lowell, 3b
Kottaras, c
Green, ss
Wakefield, p

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com


 

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:46am]

    

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