For starters: Rays at Red Sox, with Price pitching and Longoria second
UPDATE, 6:06: Maddon said he moved Longoria up to second to try to "unlodge" him from his extended slump, .167 over his last 23 games. ... Maddon said he had no concerns putting rookie OF Wil Myers in the cleanup spot for the second time, that "he kinda digs it a lot.'' ... Maddon had considerable praise for Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia, who earlier in the day finalized his $100-million, 7-year contract extension.
UPDATE, 4:57: Trying to stir Evan Longoria from his ongoing slump, manager Joe Maddon moved him up to second in the order tonight.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to get back to their winning ways, and get back withing a half-game of first place, when they take on the Red Sox again tonight.
And they will have ace David Price on the mound to lead them.
Price is 3-1, 1.97 in four starts since coming off the DL, walking only one, and averaging just 11 pitches per inning, down from 16.1 pre-DL.
He has done well against the Red Sox, and is 8-5, 3.27 in 17 starts vs. Sox, 4-1, 2.13 in eight at Fenway.
The Sox are starting lefty Felix Doubront, who has given the Rays trouble in the past. Doubront hasn’t lost in his last seven starts, going 3-0, 2.25 and allowing only a .201 average. Is 2-1, 3.05 in nine games vs. Rays, including a June 18 game when he threw eight scoreless innings.
Here is the Sox lineup.
Rays lineup when available.