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Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game Preview: Jake Odorizzi vs Rick Porcello

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The Rays look to split the series and score some runs

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Tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to snap out of their offensive funk and split a two game series with the division leading Boston Red Sox.

Over their past four games (three losses), the Rays have scored just two runs, both of which came in the victory on Sunday. Thus meaning, the Rays have been shut out in three of their past four games.

The Rays are currently 58-56 on the season, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox in the division. The Rays are however, tied for the second Wild Card spot with two other teams (Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals).

Starting Pitchers

Jake Odorizzi makes his return to the Rays rotation after spending the past two weeks on the disabled list with a back issue that had been plaguing him since spring training. The Rays hope with his return, he’ll pitch like his 2014-2016 self and put his awful 2017 beginning behind him.

Opposing Odoorizzi on the mound will be the 2016 AL Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello, who is not likely to be a repeat winner. During his last start, he pitched one out into the sixth inning, and allowed five runs on seven hits — one homer — while he walked two and struck out six.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Eduardo Nunez - 3B Corey Dickerson - LF
Andrew Benintendi - LF Lucas Duda - 1B
Mookie Betts - RF Evan Longoria - 3B
Hanley Ramirez - DH Logan Morrison - DH
Mitch Moreland - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Xander Bogaerts - SS Brad Miller - 2B
Brock Holt - 2B Wilson Ramos - C
Sandy Leon - C Mallex Smith - CF
Jackie Bradley - CF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Rick Porcello - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP