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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, seeking a sweep

UPDATE, 12:54: Among the notes from Saturday's 15-inning walkoff win, the Rays became the second team in MLB history, per Elias, to win a game of 15 or more innings after being down 5 or more runs after the first inning. The other? The 1918 Tigers, vs. Washington's Walter Johnson.

The Rays had never won three straight walkoffs before Saturday. ... The last team to do so in the majors was the Philles in August 2013. The last AL team was the Rangers in July 2013. ... It was the seventh walkoff in Rays history on an error. ... The Rays 61 walkoffs since the start of 2008 are the most in the majors, as are their 16 since the start of 2013. Also, they have had 13 different players provide them. ... David Price became the first pitcher in Rays history to allow 5-plus runs in the first inning and work at least eight; the last pitcher in the majors to do so was Detroit's Justin Verlander, on Aug. 3, 2009 vs. Baltimore.

UPDATE, 12:48: RHP Jeremy Hellickson threw his second live batting practice today as he continues his rehab from Jan. 29 arthroscopic right elbow surgery. Hellickson said he wasn't throwing as well as he hoped at the start but improved as the 35-pitch session went on, mixing in 5-6 curveballs, and was pleased by the end. ... 2B Ben Zobrist hit against Hellickson and said his previously dislocated left thumb is feeling better. He plans to workout Monday at the Trop, then play in rehab games for the Class A Stone Crabs on Tuesday and Wednesday and fly to Boston Thursday and regoin the Rays on Friday. Zobrist has been hitting lefthande and taking ground balls and throws. He has only hit right-handed in the cage though, not yet against live pitching.

UPDATE, 12:40: After 4 hits on Saturday, Brandon Guyer is in the lineup again playing CF with Desmond Jennings getting a day off.

Here is the Rays lineup:

DeJesus LF
Longoria 3b
Joyce DH
Myers RF
Loney 1b
Guyer cf
Forsythe 2b
Escobar ss
Molina c
Odorizzi p

Red Sox lineup:
Holt 3b
Bogaerts ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Carp 1b
Nava rf
Pierzynski c
Sizemore lf
Bradley cf
Workman p

DEVELOPING: After securing their team-record third straight walkoff win in a 15-inning, 5-plus hour win on Saturday, the Rays are back on the field this afternoon to take on the struggling Red Sox once again.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, facing RHP Brandon Workman, called up to take the place of injured LHP Felix Doubront.

The Rays had never won three straight games on walkoffs before; the last team to do so was the Phillies in August 2013.

The Rays are seeking a sweep of the Sox, who have lost nine straight, their longest such skid since 2001.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:54pm]


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