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Rays: Special guest; no fireworks; longest win streaks

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $21-300; available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays tote bag

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 2.08)

Red Sox: RH John Lackey (11-6, 3.66)

On Hellickson: Earned a no-decision in his only start in the majors this year by giving up one run over 41/3 innings July 8 against the Royals. Has made two starts in the minors since. Is 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA against Boston.

On Lackey: Has won back-to-back starts despite striking out just a combined six batters. Is 1-0 and has given up only two earned runs in two games against the Rays this year. Threw seven shutout innings at the Trop on May 23 but got a no-decision in a 1-0 Rays win.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lackey

Desmond Jennings2-for-18

Evan Longoria13-for-37, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist11-for-31

Red Sox vs. Hellickson

David Ortiz9-for-24, 3 HRs

Mike Napoli1-for-12

Dustin Pedroia6-for-31, HR

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-5, 3.31); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72)

Monday: vs. Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97); Brewers — RH Kyle Loshe (11-4, 3.07)

Tuesday: vs Brewers, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.76); Brewers — RH Matt Garza (7-7, 3.87)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Team Gavin

New Port Richey's Gavin Lambert was a guest on the field before the game. Manager Joe Maddon met the 8-year-old at June's Sneaker Soiree, when he was honored for his courage in battling a rare neuromuscular disease. Maddon gave Lambert a Rays jersey.

Quote of the day I

"I think it's illegal inside the dome."

Manager Joe Maddon on if he expected fireworks between the Rays and Red Sox, who have a contentious history; he added it was purely coincidental that WWE wrestler Fandango threw out the ceremonial first pitch

Longest Rays winning streaks

Games Dates

12 June 9-22, 2004

8July 12-present

8 July 4-11, 2013

8 Sept. 19-27, 2012

8 Sept. 24, 2011-April 8, 2012

Rays: Special guest; no fireworks; longest win streaks 07/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:47pm]
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