But the Red Sox also need last year's Hanley Ramirez to show up again in order to get the offense going more consistently. Momentum is stopped, team gelling is halted and a major stumble could happen after the few days off. I have to side with the Boston Red Sox in this game.
Today the Red Sox hold their biggest division lead of the season, holding a four and a half lead over the New York Yankees.
Last year, Rays' catchers combined to hit 18 homers and drive in 55 runs. Where Pomeranz and the Red Sox have landed a year after joining forces, that's probably a more important tale. And then there is the matter of simply figuring out how to weave his way through American League lineups.
Boston has a four-game lead on NY through the 4th of July.
Even the third-base situation is improving.
After giving up runs in five straight appearances entering this series, Colome earned saves in both wins by Tampa Bay.
The Boston Red Sox lineup could be in for a shakeup after shorstop Xander Bogaerts was hit by a pitch on his right hand by Tampa Bay starter Jacob Faria.
The pitching matchup is Boston's David Price against Tampa's Chris Archer. With Archer being under contract with the Rays through the 2019 season, the Rays would be able to command a huge offer in return for their good, but not great starting pitcher from the contending Yankees.
They hit into three inning-ending double plays.
Latest on Price via Rotoworld: Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Price did not suffer an injury in his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. The Monsters moved a game ahead of those same Tigers with a 2-0 win, taking advantage of Tiger errors in the fourth inning following a double by Ryan Gridley that allowed the only two runs of the game to score.
Rick Porcello (4-11, 4.75 ERA) took the loss working eight innings allowing just the one run. He was on the wrong end of a 1-0 result.
"Just being in this league you have to mix it up and that's kind of made me grow as a pitcher and get better at things that I needed to be successful here", he said.
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Donaldson ended a 20-game homerless drought with a three-run shot in the fifth inning. As Boston proved last week, they are a team capable of doing exactly that.
It was a feel-good moment for the Rays (47-43), who took three of four from the first-place Red Sox (50-39) and climbed to four games above.500 for the second time this season.
The home run came off a curveball from Joe Kelly, who had just blown a 102 miles per hour fastball past Miller. And this little hiccup can long be forgotten.