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MLB : ATS Matchup

TAMPA BAY (60 - 42) at BOSTON (61 - 42)
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Thursday, 7/25/2013 7:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
971TAMPA BAY+125Ov 9,-120+115Ov 8.5,-105
972BOSTON-135Un 9,+100-125Un 8.5,-115
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games60-42+8.247-484.70.2620.3294.00.2350.297
Road Games26-23+2.620-244.70.2580.3224.10.2410.308
vs Right-handed Starters39-31+0.134-314.50.2580.3264.40.2430.301
Past 7 Games6-1+5.21-64.40.2910.3352.60.2040.263
Grass Games22-21+0.418-204.70.2560.3224.10.2440.306
Night Games39-26+6.232-274.80.2750.3404.10.2340.294
TAMPA BAY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.70.2620.32910234719103041150.034523457185670787398277
Road Games4.70.2580.322491708441152570.032161623602433641253642
Righty Starters4.50.2580.326702383614206790.032992404963947963295457
TAMPA BAY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.581.1802941221172292511831515-14271171.1%
Road Games3.851.305133.3605710910651425-813572.2%

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games61-42+11.548-515.00.2740.3424.20.2510.320
Home Games34-19+6.223-285.00.2850.3484.20.2440.312
vs Right-handed Starters40-29+5.735-315.20.2790.3464.40.2480.318
Past 7 Games3-4-1.51-63.30.2280.2683.90.2480.307
Grass Games53-38+6.340-474.90.2790.3434.20.2500.318
Night Games42-31+7.538-325.10.2770.3454.30.2530.324
BOSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.00.2740.34210335689793541040.035003678248077097579379
Home Games5.00.2850.348531783509203500.032581723993537644354650
Righty Starters5.20.2790.346692413674244680.033492455626152566405752
BOSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.961.3713021441332953511931618-13211460%
Home Games4.711.4561478477154196014711-610855.6%
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/11/2013MOORE(L)MINNESOTAPELFREY(R)4-3W-2258 unU1060440
7/12/2013PRICE(L)HOUSTONCOSART(R)1-2L-3207.5 unU430831
7/13/2013HERNANDEZ(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)4-3W-2658 ovU850620
7/14/2013ARCHER(R)HOUSTONBEDARD(L)5-0W-2358.5 unU1280531
7/19/2013PRICE(L)@ TORONTOROGERS(R)8-5W-1308.5 unO1490862
7/20/2013HELLICKSON(R)@ TORONTOBUEHRLE(L)4-3W-1059 ovU121016101
7/21/2013ARCHER(R)@ TORONTODICKEY(R)4-3W1159 ovU8718110
7/22/2013MOORE(L)@ BOSTONWORKMAN(R)3-0W-1259 unU880220
7/23/2013HERNANDEZ(R)@ BOSTONLESTER(L)2-6L1309.5 evU7511270
7/24/2013PRICE(L)@ BOSTONDOUBRONT(L)5-1W-1108.5 unU1180531

BOSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
7/11/2013DEMPSTER(R)@ SEATTLERAMIREZ(L)8-7W-1358 ovO101021290
7/12/2013LACKEY(R)@ OAKLANDPARKER(R)4-2W1007.5 unU651362
7/13/2013LESTER(L)@ OAKLANDGRIFFIN(R)0-3L1108 unU780861
7/14/2013WORKMAN(R)@ OAKLANDCOLON(R)2-3L1458.5 unU991540
7/19/2013DOUBRONT(L)NY YANKEESPETTITTE(L)4-2W-1709.5 evU851560
7/20/2013LACKEY(R)NY YANKEESKURODA(R)2-5L-1509 ovU7511271
7/21/2013DEMPSTER(R)NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)8-7W-1408.5 unO1110313121
7/22/2013WORKMAN(R)TAMPA BAYMOORE(L)0-3L+1159 unU220880
7/23/2013LESTER(L)TAMPA BAYHERNANDEZ(R)6-2W-1409.5 evU1270751
7/24/2013DOUBRONT(L)TAMPA BAYPRICE(L)1-5L+1008.5 unU5311180
8/1/2013 SEATTLE  
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*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================


Tampa Bay (59-42) at Boston (61-41), 7:10 p.m. EDT

Superb pitching has the Tampa Bay Rays on the brink of overtaking the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead.

Giving the ball to Jeremy Hellickson may keep the Rays rolling.

Hellickson looks to match his career-best winning streak Thursday night at Fenway Park and help the Rays move into first place this late in a season for the first time in three years.

After losing 6-2 on Tuesday, Tampa Bay (60-42) pulled within a half-game of Boston (61-42) again as David Price tossed a five-hitter in Wednesday's 5-1 victory.

Since being seven games back on June 28, the Rays have reeled off 19 wins in 22 games behind the pitching staff's 2.17 ERA and five complete games.

"It's just like hitting," Price said. "You hear it all the time - hitting is contagious. So is pitching. We've been on a good groove, It's been fun. We feel like we have five guys that can go out there and win anytime. I don't think there are many teams in the majors that can say that."

It'll be Hellickson (9-3, 4.62 ERA) on the hill as the Rays try to take this four-game set and reclaim the East lead for the first time since they were 5-3 on April 6. Tampa Bay hasn't been atop the division this late in a season since winning it in 2010.

The Rays should feel quite confident handing the ball to the right-hander, who's 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA over his last six starts. He won a career-high six straight decisions over 13 starts bridging 2011 and '12.

His current streak started with a 6-2 win at Boston on June 19, when he allowed two runs in six innings. He's 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA in six career starts at Fenway.

Hellickson enters this one after overcoming an illness Saturday, yielding two runs in five innings of a 4-3 victory at Toronto.

While the pitching has been brilliant during Tampa Bay's surge, rookie Wil Myers has given the offense a big boost. The right fielder has had multiple hits in his last six games and eight of his last nine, driving in a pair Wednesday.

He's 6 for 14 with two doubles and five RBIs over his past four games at Boston.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, have dropped five of eight while averaging 2.9 runs and batting .225.

Dustin Pedroia, who inked a $110 million, eight-year contract extension Wednesday, has been partly responsible for the offense's slump, going 1 for 19 over the past five games.

The All-Star second baseman is 4 for 28 in nine home meetings with Tampa Bay this season, going 0 for 9 in this series. He's also 5 for 28 with a homer versus Hellickson - 0 for 6 this year.

John Lackey (7-7, 2.95) has struggled against the Rays as well, going 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA over his past four starts. The right-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits - two homers - in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-8 win in 14 innings on June 10.

He can't be blamed entirely for losing two of his last three starts, compiling a 3.54 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 20 1-3 innings while the offense failed to give him any support in those defeats.

That was the scenario Saturday, when Lackey allowed four runs while fanning seven in 6 1-3 innings in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

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