Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Red Sox and Kirans play in series rubber match

Tampa Bay Rays (44-37, 3rd in AL East) vs Boston Red Sox (45-36, 2nd in AL East)

Boston; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

Pitching Prospects: Rays: Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.91 ERA, 1.16 whip, 67 strikeouts); Red Sox: Brian Bello (0-0)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Red Sox-134, Rays +113; over/under 9 runs

Bottom line: The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are tied 1-1 in a three-match series on Wednesday.

Boston has a 45–36 record overall and a 21–17 record at home. The Red Sox hitters have a collective .326 on-base percentage, the second-best percentage in MLB play.

Tampa Bay is 19-20 on the road and 44-37 overall. The Ray Hitters are batting collectively at .237, which ranks ninth in the AL.

The teams will meet on Wednesday for the sixth time this season. The Rays are up 3-2 in the season series.

Top Performer: Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 17 home runs slugging .579. Alex Verdugo is 13-for-36 in the last 10 games with a double, two home runs and seven RBIs.

Yandy Diaz’s batting average of .290 ranks 11th on the Rays, and has 13 doubles and three home runs. Harold Ramirez is 14-for-40 with home runs and five RBIs in the last 10 games.

Last 10 games: Red Sox: 5-5, .280 batting average, 3.94 ERA, dismissed opponents by one run

Rays: 5-5, .260 batting average, 4.24 ERA, knocked out opponents by two runs

Injuries: Red Sox: Rich Hill: 15-Day IL (knee), Nathan Iovaldi: 15-Day IL (back), Garrett Whitlock: 15-Day IL (Hip), Kike Hernandez: 10-Day IL (Hip), Matt Barnes: 15-day IL (shoulder), Josh Taylor: 60-day IL (back), Chris Sales: 60-day IL (rib), James Paxton: 60-day IL (elbow)

Rays: Brandon Lowe: 60-Day IL (Back), JP Fairison: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Manuel Margot: 60-Day IL (Knee), Andrew Kittredge: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Mike Zunino: 10 -Day IL (shoulder), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (Slant), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (Slant), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (Latitude) , Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Vagina Chirrinos: 60-day IL (elbow)

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