Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.90)
RED Sox: RH Kyle Weiland (0-1, 6.75)
Watch for …
Jeremy the kid: Hellickson is coming off one of the best performances of his career, a complete-game victory over the Orioles in which he allowed one run. He is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against Boston this season.
Stepping in: Weiland is making a spot start, his first since July 19, having last pitched Tuesday in Toronto, throwing two scoreless innings of relief. The rookie has never faced the Rays. At Triple-A Pawtucket, he was 8-10 with a 3.54 ERA.
Rays vs. Weiland
Has never faced
Red Sox vs. Hellickson
Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-5
Dustin Pedroia 2-for-5
Carl Crawford 2-for-6
Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (14-10, 2.77); Red Sox — Jon Lester (15-6, 2.93)
Monday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-7, 4.07); Orioles — Zach Britton (9-9, 4.33)
Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.40); Orioles — Alfredo Simon (4-8, 4.83)
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Rays manager Joe Maddon had guests for his pregame media session as the Blue Man Group made an appearance at the Trop. They left a blue mark on the nose of Maddon, right, and senior adviser Don Zimmer. "I'm feeling kind of blue today," Maddon joked. The Blue Man Group used a rip cord to "throw" the ceremonial first pitch.
When a fan (daniellegiudice) tweeted at LHP David Price (@davidprice14) earlier in the day, asking if he'd bring her Starbucks (since she worked on Harbour Island, where he lives), the All-Star obliged, surprising her with an iced caramel macchiato.