Tampa Bay hosts Boston in division matchup
St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rays -176; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay will host Boston in a meeting of division rivals.
The Rays are 40-29 against AL East teams. Tampa Bay has slugged .431 this season. Johnny Davis leads the team with a mark of 3.000.
The Red Sox have gone 33-38 against division opponents. Boston’s team on-base percentage of .335 is fifth in the league. Mookie Betts leads the club with an OBP of .383. The Rays won the last meeting 5-4. Diego Castillo earned his fifth victory and Nate Lowe went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Josh A. Smith took his third loss for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .258 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Red Sox: 4-6, .211 batting average, 4.28 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Red Sox Injuries: Steven Wright: (toe), Chris Sale: (elbow), David Price: (wrist), Heath Hembree: (elbow), Andrew Benintendi: (thumb), Sam Travis: (head), Dustin Pedroia: (knee), Steve Pearce: (back), Michael Chavis: (shoulder).