Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Ben Zobrist stars in wig-out; remembering that 70-win season

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Alex Cobb (9-9, 4.27)

Red Sox:

LH Jon Lester (9-13, 4.96)

On Cobb: He's pitching on eight days' rest as Rays seek to limit his career-high innings. Pitched well vs. the Sox last week in a loss, beat them May 25 at Fenway.

On Lester: He was roughed up in his one start vs. Rays this year (7 earned runs in 4 innings). He is 10-7, 4.29 in 21 starts overall, 6-6, 4.66 at Fenway.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lester

E. Longoria 11-for-42, 2 HR

C. Peña 12-for-45, 6 HR

B.J. Upton 13-for-58, 3 HR

Red Sox vs. Cobb

J. Ellsbury 1-for-3

D. Pedroia 0-for-5

S. Podsednik 1-for-4

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 89 65 .578—

Baltimore88 67 .568 11/2

Tampa Bay 84 70 .545 5

Boston 69 86 .445 201/2

Toronto 68 86 .44221 *Late game not included

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 88 67 .568—

Oakland 87 67 .565—

Los Angeles 85 69 .552 2

Tampa Bay 84 70 .545 3

Det./CWS 82 72 .532 5**

** Tied for AL Central lead; GB is games behind second wild card

Looking back

The Red Sox honored their 2004 title team Tuesday. That was a memorable season for the Rays, too, as they reached 70 wins for the first time and then-manager Lou Piniella led a toast.

Wigged-out winner

SS Ben Zobrist was considered the standout of the wig-out. He stopped at Wig Villa in St. Petersburg for "a basic '80s rocker mullet," then McB's clothing store for a shirt but saw something that changed his plans. "A fish-net camouflage tank-top with No. 18," he said. "It was meant to be."

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