Rays at Red Sox
When/where: 4:10 today; Fenway Park, Boston
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Jeff Niemann (10-7, 3.97)
LH Jon Lester (15-7, 3.07)
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Standing tall: Niemann is coming off a solid start at Baltimore, having lost his previous two to Texas. He is 1-0, 1.06 in two starts vs. Boston this season, allowing just a .089 average (5-for-56), and 3-2, 3.24 overall.
Leaning left: Lester lasted only four innings vs. the Rays on Sunday, throwing 111 pitches, and two starts before that five innings/114 pitches vs. Yankees. He is 1-2, 4.00 against the Rays this season, 10-5, 3.83 for his career.
Rays vs. LESTER
Johnny Damon 9-for-30, 2 HRs
Evan Longoria 8-for-35, HR
B.J. Upton 9-for-47, 2 HRs
Red Sox vs. NIEMANN
Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-11, HR
David Ortiz2-for-9, HR
Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.34); Red Sox — Tim Wakefield (7-6, 5.13)
Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (10-9, 4.41); Yankees — TBA
Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05 and 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-10, 2.70) and Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91); Yankees — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Good luck charm of the day
Rays LHP David Price — who clearly has too much free time — has taken to placing one of the small promotional figurines of his dog Astro on the dugout roof. "He's a good (luck) charm," Price said. "I hope he gets us about 25 more wins this year." When it rained Thursday, Price used a cup to make a "doghouse" for him. "Can't have him get sick," Price said.
Not-so-good luck charm of the day
On deck in the eighth inning Thursday, Rays 3B Evan Longoria was chatting with fans when a college-age woman handed him a small figurine of a returning sailor that was supposed to bring him good luck. Longoria put it in his back pocket then the dugout, but he struck out when he led off the next inning. "It wasn't very good luck for me," Longoria said, "so I gave it back to her."