For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox

David Price, last year's Cy Young Award winner, has only one win this season  but looked in his last outing as close to top form as he's been all season.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

David Price, last year's Cy Young Award winner, has only one win this season but looked in his last outing as close to top form as he's been all season.

UPDATE, 5:55: Rays, per Elias, are 1st AL team since Yankees in May 2009 to win 6 straight games in which they came from behind. Rockies did it in April 2011. ... The Rays are also the first AL team since the 2007 Tigers to hold a lead in 26 consecutive games (including 10 they lost). The Tigers and the 2008 Mets both did so for 28 strraight games.

UPDATE, 5:48: Maddon said Loney is in the lineup as much for his defense with Price on the mound as his potential for offense vs. Lester. The other option was to DH Luke Scott, with Kelly Johnson in left and Sean Rodriguez at 1B. Maddon also said he moved Escobar, who had been hitting 9th, up to 5th because he liked the matchup with Lester. ... Maddon said again, as he has several times, that he felt Price was close to regaining top form and once he had one game where everything worked he would get on a roll.

Update 3:25 p.m.  The Rays lineup will include a couple left-handed hitters, Kelly Johnson and James Loney, against Red Sox LHP Jon Lester.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Johnson DH
Zobrist rf
longoria 3b
Escobar SS
Loney 1b
Rodriguez LF
Molina c
Roberts 2b
price p

Red Sox lineup

Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Middlebrooks 3B
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Lester SP.

Developing: The Rays are looking to extend their season-best six-game winning streak tonight and will have David Price, seeking to build on his last outing, on the mound.

Price, last year's Cy Young Award winner, has only one win, but looked in his last outing as close to top form as he's been all season.

Price also acknowledged on Tuesday that he has been bothered all season by severe allergies, specifically affecting his vision to the point where he has had to step off the mound because he couldn't see the signs. Price started using some eye drops on Tuesday and said the immediate results were good.

The Red Sox are starting lefty Jon Lester, who is typically tough on the Rays, though has lost his last four decisions to them.



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