Rays at Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: LH Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45)
RED SOX: RH John Lackey (3-2, 4.22)
On Bedard: Coming off rough Thursday start vs. Twins in which he walked four in the first inning and lasted only four. Is 5-5, 4.68 in 14 games against Sox, 3-5, 5.73 in 12 Fenway starts.
On Lackey: Coming off a strong Wednesday start vs. Yankees, allowing one run on seven hits with 11 Ks. Is 12-7, 4.39 in 21 starts vs. Rays, with 105 strikeouts and only 39 walks.
RAYS VS. LACKEY
Yunel Escobar 10-for-18
Matt Joyce 6-for-18, 2 HRs
E. Longoria 11-for-33, 2 HRs
RED SOX VS. BEDARD
Jonny Gomes 4-for-25, HR
David Ortiz 5-for-26, HR
Dustin Pedroia 3-for-16
Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00)
Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.38); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-0, 2.87)
Friday: at Yankees, 7:05. Rays — LH David Price (3-2, 4.75); Yankees — TBA
Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.85); Yankees — TBA
Sweet home Chicago
Rays radio guy Dave Wills was just trying to meet some friends for a Chicago-style lunch at the popular Portillo's before heading to the ballpark then out of town Monday when he got unexpectedly delayed — trapped in an elevator at the Drake hotel for 30 minutes. "I pushed the alarm button and no one answered," Wills said. "So I had to get the number and call the front desk to tell them I was stuck." Wills said there was one scary moment when the elevator car felt like it dropped a few feet, and he got out when workers manipulated it to a service area. Wills did, eventually, make it to lunch.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura sent over a bottle of wine for Rays manager and oenophile Joe Maddon — a 2012 pinot noir from the Cambria winery in Ventura's Santa Maria, Calif., hometown. Maddon said he'll return the favor when the Sox visit in September.
Quote of the day
"We're in the Midwest, in Chicago, things change rather quickly."
Rays manager Joe Maddon on the weather forecast that evolved throughout the day Monday.