Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays wig out

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 89 64 .582—

Baltimore88 66 .571 11/2

Tampa Bay 83 70 .542 6

Boston 69 85 .448 201/2

Toronto 67 86 .43822

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 88 66 .571—

Oakland 86 67 .562—

Los Angeles 84 69 .549 2

Tampa Bay 83 70 .542 3

Detroit 81 72 .529 5

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Rays at Red Sox

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

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (18-5, 2.58)

RED SOX: RH Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.16)

On Price: Leads majors in ERA and shares AL lead in wins. Outpitched by Buchholz on Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits. Is 7-4, 3.19 in 14 career starts vs. Red Sox.

On Buchholz: Dominated the Rays on Thursday, working seven scoreless innings before leaving with a stiff back. Is 5-4, 2.52 vs. Rays in 13 starts overall.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. BUCHHOLZ

Jose Molina5-for-14

Carlos Peña5-for-30 HR

Luke Scott7-for-30 2 HR

RED SOX VS. PRICE

Jacoby Ellsbury6-for-22 HR

Dustin Pedroia8-for-27 HR

Danny Valencia6-for-7

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (9-9, 4.27); Red Sox — Jon Lester (9-13, 4.96)

Thursday: at White Sox, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-9, 3.65); White Sox — TBA

Friday: at White Sox, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-11, 3.92); White Sox — Gavin Floyd (10-11, 4.56)

What's left

Remaining games for wild-card contenders:

RAYS (9) Home (3): Orioles (3); Road (6): Red Sox (2), White Sox (4)

Orioles (8) — Home (5): Blue Jays (2), Red Sox (3); Road (3): RAYS (3)

A's (9) Home (6): Mariners (3), Rangers (3); Road (3): Rangers (3)

Angels (9) Home (3): Mariners (3); Road (6): Rangers (3), Mariners (3)

Tigers (9) Home (3): Royals (3); Road (6): Twins (3), Royals (3)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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