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Tampa Bay Rays: Terry Francona should leave big words for Joe Maddon; Maddon gives club motive to make playoffs with ponytail promise; breaking out the letterman sweaters

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35 today; Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

LH David Price (12-12, 3.34)

Red Sox:

RH Tim Wakefield (7-6, 5.13)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is winless in three September starts, having held and given away a lead each time. He is 3-1, 2.70 in four starts vs. the Sox this season, 6-3, 3.07 in nine overall, including 3-0, 1.25 at Fenway.

Float like a butterfly: The knuckleballing Wakefield finally earned his 200th win Tuesday. After starting 17-2 against the Rays, he is 2-5, 7.24 in his past nine starts, with a 3.71 ERA overall.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wakefield

Johnny Damon 21-for-68, 4 HRs

Evan Longoria 6-for-14, HR

B.J. Upton 7-for-33, HR

Red Sox vs. Price

Darnell McDonald 6-for-19, 2 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 7-for-15, HR

Marco Scutaro 3-for-22

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (10-9, 4.41); Yankees — Phil Hughes (5-5, 6.00)

Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05 and 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-11, 2.78) and Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91); Yankees — CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.01) and Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.81)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95); Yankees — TBA

"Compliment" of the day

Red Sox manager Terry Francona likes to play the self-deprecating, average guy, so he laughed at himself for using the word "conundrum" in his pregame media session. "If I knew how to tweet, I'd tweet that," Francona said. "Maybe Joe Maddon will for me."

Promise of the day

Manager Joe Maddon is already sporting the longest hair on the team. He said Saturday that if the Rays make the playoffs, he will wear his hair in a ponytail.

Time warp of the day

The Rays will be sporting their new 1970s-style team letterman sweaters again after today's game, then ride the rails as they take a train to New York.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Jennings lf 3 2 1 0 1 1 .292

B.Upton cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .236

Longoria 3b 3 0 1 1 1 0 .244

Zobrist 2b 4 1 1 2 0 1 .269

Damon dh 3 0 1 0 1 0 .261

S.Rodriguez ss 2 0 0 0 1 0 .218

Brignac ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 .193

Kotchman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .309

Guyer rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .212

Fuld rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240

Lobaton c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .074

Totals 30 4 6 3 4 5

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Ellsbury cf 3 0 1 2 0 1 .318

Pedroia 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .298

Ad.Gonzalez 1b 2 0 0 0 2 2 .336

D.Ortiz dh 3 0 0 0 1 0 .315

Reddick rf 2 0 1 0 1 0 .289

C.Jackson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246

D.McDonald rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211

Saltalamacchia c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .243

C.Crawford lf 4 2 2 0 0 1 .254

Aviles 3b 4 1 3 1 0 1 .261

Gathright pr 0 0 0 0 0 0—-

Scutaro ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .288

Totals 30 3 7 3 4 10

Tampa Bay 201 010 000— 4 6 0

Boston 002 000 100— 3 7 0

LOBT.B. 4, Bos. 6. 2BJennings (9), Aviles (15). HRZobrist (16), off Lester. RBIsLongoria (92), Zobrist 2 (84), Ellsbury 2 (96), Aviles (35). SBEllsbury (37), Gathright (1). CSDamon (5), Ellsbury (14). SB.Upton, Scutaro. SFEllsbury. RISPT.B. 2 (Zobrist, Guyer); Bos. 4 (C.Crawford, Saltalamacchia, Pedroia, Scutaro). Runners moved upB.Upton, Longoria, Kotchman, Ellsbury. GIDPKotchman, Saltalamacchia. DPT.B. 1 (Longoria, S.Rodriguez, Kotchman); Bos. 1 (Ad.Gonzalez, Scutaro, Lester).

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Niemann W, 11-7 5 4 2 2 2 6 89 3.95

M.Moore H, 1 3 2 1 1 2 2 58 6.23

Jo.Peralta S, 4-6 1 1 0 0 0 2 19 3.13

Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Lester L, 15-8 7 5 4 4 4 5 107 3.15

D.Bard 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 3.01

F.Morales 1 1 0 0 0 0 10 3.64

WPM.Moore, Lester. BalkF.Morales. T3:12. A37,682 (37,065).

How they scored

Rays first

Jennings walked on four pitches. B.Upton sacrificed, third baseman Aviles to first baseman Ad.Gonzalez, Jennings to second. Longoria grounded out, second baseman Pedroia to first baseman Ad.Gonzalez, Jennings to third. Zobrist homered to left on a 1-1 count, Jennings scored. Damon popped out to catcher Saltalamacchia. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Rays 2, Red Sox 0.

Rays third

Lobaton struck out. Jennings doubled to left. B.Upton grounded out, shortstop Scutaro to first baseman Ad.Gonzalez, Jennings to third. Longoria walked on a full count. On Lester's wild pitch, Jennings scored. Zobrist flied out to center fielder Ellsbury. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 3, Red Sox 0.

Red Sox third

C.Crawford singled to center. Aviles doubled to center, C.Crawford scored. Scutaro sacrificed, pitcher Niemann to first baseman Kotchman, Aviles to third. Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Guyer, Aviles scored. Pedroia struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. Rays 3, Red Sox 2.

Rays fifth

Guyer singled to left. Lobaton popped out to second baseman Pedroia. Jennings flied out to center fielder Ellsbury. B.Upton singled to center, Guyer to second. Longoria singled to right, Guyer scored, B.Upton to third. Zobrist struck out. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Rays 4, Red Sox 2.

Red Sox seventh

C.Crawford singled to center. Aviles infield single to shortstop, C.Crawford to second. Scutaro grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Longoria to shortstop Brignac, C.Crawford to third, Aviles out. On M.Moore's wild pitch, Scutaro to second. Ellsbury grounded out, shortstop Brignac to first baseman Kotchman, C.Crawford scored, Scutaro to third. Pedroia struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Rays 4, Red Sox 3.

Tampa Bay Rays: Terry Francona should leave big words for Joe Maddon; Maddon gives club motive to make playoffs with ponytail promise; breaking out the letterman sweaters 09/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:10am]

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