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Tampa Bay Rays (51-52) at Boston Red Sox (44-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
E Ramirez (8-4) (3.65) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3) (4.25)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -127 / Tampa Bay Rays +117 — Over/Under: 8.5
Tonight The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series
The Boston Red Sox need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. Boston avoided a four-game home sweep against the Chicago White Sox with an 8-2 win on Thursday but owns the worst record in the American League and sits six games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Red Sox have lost three of their last five games when scoring more than three runs.
Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 118 hits and 48 RBI while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have combined for 97 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost four of their last six home games. Eduardo Rodriguez takes the hill, and he’s 6-3 with a 4.26 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s first career game against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Rays have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 98 hits and 42 RBI while Evan Longoria and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 68 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost four of their last six road games. Erasmo Ramirez gets the ball, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 0-0 with a 6.39 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.