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Rays-Red Sox Wednesday preview

Today: at Red Sox

1:35, Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.80)

RED SOX: RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.18)

On Smyly: Is 4-0, 2.82 over his past seven starts, working six-plus innings in each. Took a six-inning no-decision Friday at Houston. Is 3-1, 1.48 in nine games vs. Red Sox, 1-1, 1.71 at Fenway.

On Wright: Knuckleballer returned to rotation Friday after a three-week DL stint for a shoulder he bruised while pinch-running. Ranks among AL ERA leaders. First start vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. WRIGHT

Brad Miller 1-for-4, HR

Logan Morrison 1-for-2

Bobby Wilson 1-for-3

RED SOX VS. SMYLY

Mookie Betts 5-for-15, HR

Xander Bogaerts 3-for-15

David Ortiz 5-for-16, HR

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-16

Plus sign

The Rays rank among the best teams in run differential since the All-Star break:

Team RS RA Diff

Cubs 206 124 +82

Rays 205 151 +54

Red Sox 226 173 +53

Reds 209 173 +36*

* Late game not included

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (season debut); Jays — LH Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.22)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 6:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (4-7, 3.56); Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (9-5, 4.58)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-17, 4.10); Jays — TBA

Monday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.56); Orioles — TBA

Rays-Red Sox Wednesday preview 08/30/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:48pm]
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