Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM (680-AM Spanish)
Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH David Price (8-7, 3.51)
Red Sox: RH Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71)
On Price: Coming off back-to-back road losses, allowing 11 hits Thursday. Is 7-3, 2.52 in 23 starts since coming off DL. Is 10-5, 2.98 in 19 starts vs. Sox, including two wins at Fenway in a six-day July span.
On Buchholz: Makes his first start after missing three months with a strained neck. Will be limited to 75-80 pitches after making three rehab starts. Is 6-5, 2.53 in 15 starts vs. Rays, with 92 Ks in 96 IP.
Rays vs. Buchholz
Matt Joyce 6-for-21
Evan Longoria 7-for-32
Luke Scott 7-for-32 2 HR
Red Sox vs. Price
Will Middlebrooks 5-for-10 HR
Mike Napoli 8-for-27 2 HR
Dustin Pedroia 12-for-42 HR
* includes postseason
Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82); Red Sox — RH Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79)
Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.55)
Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.14); Twins — LH Andrew Albers (2-2, 3.35)
Saturday: at Twins, 7:10, no TV. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.18); Twins — RH Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.19)
Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-7, 3.51); Twins — RH Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.28)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Stats of the day
Red Sox, Rays chances to make postseason based on coolstandings.com computer simulations.
Quote of the day
"Just day by day. We're going Godspell the rest of the season."
Manager Joe Maddon, on his approach to the final 20 games
C Chris Gimenez was already three days into a trip to Gwinnett with Triple-A Durham when he was sent to join the Rays in Oakland on Aug. 31. Since then, his wife, Kellie, packed the rest of their stuff into their two vehicles, had her car shipped home to Reno, Nev., and his truck to the Trop, then she and their 2-year-old son, Jace, flew to Tampa, rented a car (and a car seat to replace the one the airline lost), and moved into a condo in St. Pete Beach. "It's been a long two weeks," Gimenez said.
AL wild card
Team W-L Pct. GB
Rangers 81-62 .566—
Rays 78-64 .549—
Indians 77-66 .538 1½
Orioles 77-66 .538 1½
Yankees 76-68 .528 3
Royals 75-69 .521 4