Boston opens 3-game series at home against Rays
Boston; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Charlie Morton (2-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 34 strikeouts) Red Sox: TBD
BOTTOM LINE: Boston and Tampa Bay match up to begin the three-game series.
The Red Sox are 6-5 against the rest of their division. The Boston pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.48, Eduardo Rodriguez paces the staff with a mark of 5.89.
The Rays are 4-5 against division opponents. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .262 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the American League. Tommy Pham leads the team with a mark of .304. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mitch Moreland leads the Red Sox with seven home runs and is batting .231. Andrew Benintendi is 13-for-35 with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 5-5, .235 batting average, 4.90 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Rays: 5-5, .255 batting average, 4.12 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs