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MLB : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 6/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -155

-1.5  +135



TAMPA BAY (36 - 33) at BOSTON (42 - 29)
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Tuesday, 6/18/2013 7:10 PM
Doubleheader Game #2
Board OpeningLatest
917TAMPA BAY+130Ov 9.5,+100+130Ov 10,+100
918BOSTON-140Un 9.5,-120-140Un 10,-120
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games36-33-4.639-244.80.2580.3274.60.2450.309
Road Games15-17-2.315-134.70.2460.3134.60.2570.322
vs Left-handed Starters11-8+1.110-85.10.2630.3313.70.2250.303
Past 7 Games2-5-5.25-14.00.2480.3355.70.2670.332
Grass Games14-15-1.314-114.70.2470.3154.60.2610.323
Night Games24-20-0.526-134.90.2710.3364.80.2400.307
TAMPA BAY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.80.2580.327692342605216800.033162384773145955314857
Road Games4.70.2460.313321101271101380.031401082311320226181925
Lefty Starters5.10.2630.3311964617063230.04916613071331571513
TAMPA BAY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.921.222213.79793171209022411-1216964%
Road Games3.801.33292.3413980643944-69375%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games42-29+6.136-315.10.2680.3424.10.2450.319
Home Games21-14-0.619-145.20.2820.3514.60.2410.317
vs Right-handed Starters28-19+4.525-195.40.2710.3434.30.2380.315
Past 7 Games3-4-0.72-43.90.2120.2744.90.2750.348
Grass Games34-25+0.828-275.00.2740.3444.10.2430.316
Night Games28-22+2.228-195.20.2730.3464.30.2470.325
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.10.2680.342712444656250800.033572735935752166366051
Home Games5.20.2820.351351180333140380.031801262782125127243029
Righty Starters5.40.2710.343471635443174560.032501804034634743263438
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.941.3662089491195258922611-813765%
Home Games5.621.58797.7646110613491016-55455.6%
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/4/2013MOORE(L)@ DETROITSANCHEZ(R)1-10L1358 unO43015120
6/5/2013COBB(R)@ DETROITFISTER(R)3-0W1308 evU841690
6/6/2013HERNANDEZ(R)@ DETROITSCHERZER(R)2-5L1828.5 unU6701380
6/7/2013ARCHER(R)BALTIMOREHAMMEL(R)2-1W-1158.5 ovU660240
6/8/2013HELLICKSON(R)BALTIMOREGAUSMAN(R)8-0W-1258.5 ovU1390440
6/9/2013MOORE(L)BALTIMORETILLMAN(R)7-10L-1457.5 ovO12511680
6/10/2013COBB(R)BOSTONLACKEY(R)8-10L-1407.5 ovO1713115100
6/11/2013HERNANDEZ(R)BOSTONLESTER(L)8-3W+1058 unO1091881
6/12/2013ARCHER(R)BOSTONACEVES(R)1-2L-1409 unU671580
6/13/2013HELLICKSON(R)KANSAS CITYSANTANA(R)1-10L-1407.5 unO6601451
6/14/2013MOORE(L)KANSAS CITYMENDOZA(R)2-7L-1658 unO7701070
6/15/2013COBB(R)KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)5-3W-1707.5 unO860891
6/16/2013HERNANDEZ(R)KANSAS CITYDAVIS(R)3-5L-1458 unP78111100
6/25/2013 TORONTO  

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
6/4/2013DEMPSTER(R)TEXASGRIMM(R)17-5W-1409 ovO1970972
6/5/2013LACKEY(R)TEXASOGANDO(R)2-3L-1259 evU580760
6/6/2013LESTER(L)TEXASHOLLAND(L)6-3W-1358.5 evO131001090
6/8/2013DOUBRONT(L)LA ANGELSHANSON(R)5-9L-16510.5 ovO1414112122
6/8/2013BUCHHOLZ(R)LA ANGELSWILSON(L)7-2W-1608.5 ovO13100763
6/9/2013DEMPSTER(R)LA ANGELSBLANTON(R)10-5W-15510.5 unO1170992
6/10/2013LACKEY(R)@ TAMPA BAYCOBB(R)10-8W1307.5 ovO1510017131
6/11/2013LESTER(L)@ TAMPA BAYHERNANDEZ(R)3-8L-1158 unO8811091
6/12/2013ACEVES(R)@ TAMPA BAYARCHER(R)2-1W1309 unU580671
6/13/2013DOUBRONT(L)@ BALTIMOREGAUSMAN(R)4-5L-1159.5 unU94212161
6/14/2013DEMPSTER(R)@ BALTIMORETILLMAN(R)0-2L1009.5 unU370580
6/15/2013LACKEY(R)@ BALTIMOREGARCIA(R)5-4W-1059.5 unU9411040
6/16/2013LESTER(L)@ BALTIMOREGONZALEZ(R)3-6L1059 ovP6511481
6/25/2013 COLORADO  
TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest.
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs.
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================


Tampa Bay (36-33) at Boston (42-29), 7:10 p.m. EDT

The Tampa Bay Rays knew Wil Myers had the talent to play regularly at the major league level, but they simply were waiting for the perfect time to make him a part of the everyday lineup.

One of baseball's top prospects, Myers will make his big league debut as the struggling Rays face the first-place Boston Red Sox in a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay (36-33) dropped six of the final eight on its 10-game homestand, including two losses to Boston and three of four to Kansas City after Sunday's 5-3 defeat.

With the offense averaging 2.4 runs over the last five, the Rays decided it was time for Myers, rated by some as baseball's top prospect, to join the club.

The outfielder hit .354 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs over his last 23 games in Triple-A, though manager Joe Maddon isn't expecting Myers to live up to the lofty expectations immediately upon his arrival.

"We'll probably hit him lower in the batting order to begin, just to take a little pressure off of him," Maddon said. "We'll try not to place the expectations too high, although I know it's going to come from outside, not from within."

Maddon just wants Myers, acquired in the December trade that sent James Shields to Kansas City, to focus on the basics.

"I want him to play. I want him to be a Ray," Maddon said. "I want him to run hard to first base. I want him to try to do the right things on the field, continue to work on his defense, try to improve his baserunning."

The Rays are among the major league leaders with runners in scoring position at .294, though they've hit just .141 in those moments while losing seven of nine to the Red Sox this season.

Boston (42-29) will be looking to get back on track as well after dropping three of four at Baltimore over the weekend, including Sunday's 6-3 defeat as Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino each sat out to get some extra rest.

The Red Sox lead the AL East, though the fourth-place Rays are just five games back.

"This is going to be a very highly competitive division throughout the course of the summer," Red Sox manager John Farrell told the team's official website.

Boston, which swept Tampa from April 13-15 at Fenway, will turn to Felix Doubront in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Doubront (4-3, 4.91 ERA) had a rough outing Thursday, giving up four runs while throwing 103 pitches in 4 2-3 innings of Boston's 5-4, 13-inning loss to Baltimore.

The left-hander struck out seven while allowing two runs in five innings of the Red Sox's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on May 16, and is 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA in five career starts versus the Rays.

He'll be opposed by Chris Archer, who looks for a more efficient outing versus Boston this time around.

Archer (1-2, 4.80) was recalled from the minors June 1 and has made three starts. He allowed two runs, striking out seven and walking four, while tossing 103 pitches in just four innings of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.

The right-hander faced Boston once last season as well, giving up three runs in five innings of a 13-3 win Sept. 19.

Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 5.58) will take the mound for the Red Sox in Game 2. He returned from another stint in the minors to oppose Archer on Wednesday, allowing one run - a solo homer to Evan Longoria, who had gone 0 for 9 previously in their matchups - in six innings and picking up the victory.

It marked the right-hander's first start versus Tampa Bay after going 2-1 with three saves and a 2.39 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

Opposing Aceves is Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 8.03), who came over with Myers in the Shields deal. The right-hander will be making his third start after giving up two runs in 3 1-3 innings of relief in Tampa's 10-1 loss to Kansas City on Thursday.

Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 7.16 ERA in four career starts.

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