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Rays-Red Sox Wednesday preview

Tonight: at Red Sox

7:10, Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (0-3, 5.87)

RED SOX: RH Rick Porcello (2-0, 5.11)

On Archer: Has allowed 30 baserunners over 151/3 innings in losing first three. Last win was Aug. 31, going 0-6, 5.83 in nine starts since. Is 1-6, 5.14 in 11 starts vs. Red Sox, 31-29, 3.29 vs. others.

On Porcello: Former Tiger has 15 strikeouts (and only 2 walks) in 121/3 innings over two starts, though has allowed four homers. Is 5-4, 3.01 in 11 starts vs. Rays, 3-1, 2.00 in his past five against them.

Key matchups

Rays VS. PORCELLO

Desmond Jennings 6-for-18, HR

Kevin Kiermaier 4-for-17

Evan Longoria 6-for-27

Brad Miller 2-for-2, 2 HRs

RED SOX VS. ARCHER

Mookie Betts 2-for-11, HR

Brock Holt 4-for-19

David Ortiz 9-for-27, 2 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 4-for-21

On deck

Thursday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 2.41); Red Sox — LH David Price (2-0, 4.50)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-0, 2.95; Yankees — CC Sabathia (1-1, 5.06)

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Yankees — RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.06)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-2, 4.61); Yankees — RH Michael Pineda (1-1, 6.55)

Quote of the day

"Nobody in this room, from the players to the coaches to the journalists, are perfect. Although we strive for that, we can't be perfect every time out."

Rays RHP Chris Archer

Numbers of the day

13 Consecutive batters retired by LHP Enny Romero to start season in four appearances. Only two Rays relievers started a season with more baserunner-less appearance, LH Scott Aldred (eight, in 1999), Fernando Rodney (five, 2012).

2 Pitchers in Rays history to lose their first four starts, as Chris Archer is in position to do tonight: Jae Seo lost his first five in 2006, Dave Eiland his first four in 1999.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Red Sox Wednesday preview 04/19/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 10:56pm]
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