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Boston Red Sox Vs Tampa Bay Rays Sunday Preview

May 25th, 2014 at 8:56 AM
By Sean Penney

'Brandon Workman' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Boston Red Sox (20-28) take on the Tampa Bay Rays (22-28) in the final game of their weekend series looking to avoid getting swept for the third straight series.  Boston is on a 9 game losing streak, the longest the franchise has endured since 2001.

After roughing up David Price for 5 runs in the first inning, the Sox could not hang on to the lead, leading to an epic 15 inning marathon.  The game ended when pitcher Andrew Miller's throw to second base was off target.  The ball sailed into center field, allowing pinch runner Cole Figueroa to come around to score the winning run.  That's right, the unlikely hero that drove in the winning run in Friday's win for the Rays does it again.  

Boston will look to salvage the series and put an end to this losing streak before it hits double-digits.

Scouting Report

  • Brandon Workman (0-0, 1.42) will make his first start of the season, filling in for the injured Felix Doubront.  Workman worked primarily out of the bullpen last year, but made three spot starts last year, giving up 5 runs in 18.1 inning over that span.  He pitched at least 6 innings in all three starts, never giving up more than 2 runs in any of them.  
  • Workman hasn't exactly been lighting it up in Pawtucket this season.  He's carrying a 5.12 ERA in 7 starts for the PawSox.
  • Boston placed Shane Victorino on the DL yesterday and called up Daniel Nava to take his spot on the roster.  The banged up Sox lineup is also missing Mike Napoli, who is dealing with a couple of different ailments.  David Ortiz sat out yesterday's game with a sore calf, but made an appearance as a pinch hitter and should be back in the lineup today.
  • Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98 ERA) will be on the hill for the Rays.  Odorizzi has been striking out batters at a rate of 10.80 per 9 innings, but negates much of that value by also walking a lot of batters (23 walks in 43.1 innings).
  • The Rays have suffered from a power outage this season, hitting only 36 Home Runs as a team (24th in the majors).  Sean Rodriguez leads the team with 5 HRs.  
  • James Loney, who had a brief stint in Boston a couple years ago following the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, currently leads the Rays in hits (52) and batting average (.302).
Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays

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