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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Matt Moore's early entry, Kyle Farnsworth not so mean, fall weather in Boston

Rays at Red Sox

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

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH James Shields (15-10, 2.70)

Red Sox

RH Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.49)

Watch for ...

Big Game James: Shields faces the Sox for the fifth time this season after working 8 1/3 innings against them Sunday. He is 1-8 with a 6.99 ERA in nine Fenway starts.

No Joshing: Beckett returns after missing his last start due to a sprained right ankle. Beckett hasn't allowed an earned run in 17 innings vs. the Rays this year and is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA overall.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Beckett

Johnny Damon 14-for-55, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 10-for-35, HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-16

Red Sox vs. Shields

David Ortiz 14-for-49, 3 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 14-for-48, 2 HRs

Marco Scutaro 15-for-58, 2 HRs

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 4:10. Ch. 13. Rays — Jeff Niemann (10-7, 3.97); Red Sox — Jon Lester (15-7, 3.07)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.34); Red Sox — Tim Wakefield (7-6, 5.13)

Quote of the day

"Everyone was a little anxious to see him in the game."

Jim Hickey, Rays pitching coach, on the communications mixup that had LHP Matt Moore leave the bullpen prematurely Wednesday night

'Honor' of the day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth finished a pedestrian 12th in Sports Illustrated's poll of players about who is the "meanest" big-leaguer. White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski was No. 1. Phillies 2B Chase Utley was second.

Numbers of the day

66

Degrees at first pitch Thursday in Boston.

.178

Batting average for Red Sox vs. Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Matt Moore's early entry, Kyle Farnsworth not so mean, fall weather in Boston 09/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 1:22am]
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