The Red Sox return to action at Fenway Park after their first off day following 20 consecutive days of action in which they went 11-9. The open with a 3 game series with division rival Tampa Bay. The Sox have their front three starters of Lester, Beckett, and Buchholz lined up to face the Rays. Tampa Bay counters with Alex Cobb, David Price,and Jeremy Hellickson. Will Middlebrooks gets a night off, at the game's beginning at least, as the starting lineup is as follows:
The Red Sox have started the year with 4 wins in 6 tries against the Rays. three of 4 on Patriot's Day weekend and a split of two games in St. Pete. After this three game set, the season series between these two teams will be half over.
Another story line will be if any of bad blood that began to brew last week in Tampa Bay, precipitated by Adrian Gonzalez " predicting " a home run, and David Price and his twitter pals calling for AGon to be drilled, which he was.
One last lineup note, to illustrate the Rays lack of offense in general and especially with Evan Longoria on the DL. In place of Longoria tonight, the Rays are playing former Red Sox fill in, Drew Sutton at third.
The Red Sox have been on a streak of winning or splitting series. Hopefully at least 2 of 3 this weekend will continue this before the Tigers come to town for 4 games starting on Memorial Day.