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Okay, we're barely halfway through April, which means this weekend's four-game series between the Rays and Red Sox at Fenway Park is not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff. Still, it's the first meeting of the season and anytime the Rays and Red Sox get together, it's special. Even the Red Sox are pumped, according to this story in today's Boston Globe.

Boston's Bill Hall went as far as to compare the Rays to the Red Sox other noted rival. "We know how athletic they are and what a good pitching staff they have,’’ Hall said. "They’re one of the best teams in baseball, and we know every series is going to be a fight just like it is against the Yankees.''

Red Sox slugger Mike Lowell said, "They have an excellent young pitching. From what I've seen of Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann, these guys are really good. David Price has great stuff, and you add them to James Shields and Matt Garza, and there's no let up in that rotation.''

Davis goes tonight against Boston ace Josh Beckett. The Rays will send Shields against Clay Buchholz on Saturday, Garza against Jon Lester on Sunday and Niemann against John Lackey on Monday. That's if the weather holds up. It's cold and damp in Boston. It's supposed to rain all day today with highs in the upper 30s. Same thing is predicted for tomorrow with even a chance of snow. And the precipitation could linger into Sunday.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:44pm]


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