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Tampa Bay Rays: Party poopers for Fenway opener; Fenway quotes

Party poopers of the day

The Rays are the guests today for Boston's 100th home opener at Fenway Park. And of course, they'd like nothing more than to spoil the fun for the Fenway faithful. "That's the plan," Rays starter David Price said. "I'm sure they'll be doing something crazy (today). I'm there to pitch. I'm there to win. And I know that opening ceremony is not for us."

Opening stat of the day

2-9

Rays record as guests in home openers, including 0-2 in Boston.

Fenway quotes of the day

"As a baseball player going there to work, the place is a dump."

Rays DH Luke Scott, speaking of the cramped, archaic facilities

"Obviously, it's an iconic park. I do love it. We all love it. I think it's a great place to play."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, speaking of the rich, romantic history

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 2:05 p.m. today; Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (1-0, 2.84)

Red Sox: RH Josh Beckett (0-1, 13.50)

Watch for …

Price check: Price beat the Yankees on Saturday but felt fortunate to do so, walking four and lasting only 61/3 innings. He is 3-0, 1.75 in four starts at Fenway, 6-3, 3.16 overall against the Sox.

Not Joshing: Beckett, who lost on opening day, starts his fifth home opener. But the crowd might not be friendly given how last season ended. He is 9-4, 2.94 in 19 starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Beckett

Evan Longoria 15-for-42, 3 HRs

Luke Scott 10-for-23, 3 HRs

Ben Zobrist 1-for-20

Red Sox vs. Price

Adrian Gonzalez 1-for-13

Darnell McDonald 7-for-20

Dustin Pedroia 6-for-19, HR

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 4:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.00); Red Sox — RH Clay Buchholz (0-0, 15.75)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-0, 2.70); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.60)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 15-day

OF B.J. Upton, lower back soreness, 15-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Party poopers for Fenway opener; Fenway quotes 04/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:21pm]
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