Sonny Gray will take the mound for his eighth start with the Yankees on Tuesday, and he’ll face off against the Rays’ Blake Snell, who had been throwing well for two months prior to his previous start.
After Rays starting pitchers went just 4 2/3 innings and allowed 16 runs to the Red Sox in the first two games of the series, the club needed a solid start from Alex Cobb in Sunday’s series finale.
The Rays know they need to start piling up wins to make some headway in the logjam that is the American League Wild Card race, and perhaps Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Red Sox to avoid a sweep was the start of something.
Thanks to Major League Baseball’s efforts and the Mets’ cooperation, the Rays will host the Yankees at Citi Field in a crucial three-game series that begins Monday night.
Arriving in Boston with one eye on the American League Wild Card standings and the other tracking Hurricane Irma, the Rays were in a difficult position.
Players from four professional sports teams will be at the gates at Fenway Park before and during Sunday’s Red Sox-Rays 1:35 p.m. ET game to collect donations to raise funds for Florida, which is expected to endure severe damage from Hurricane Irma later this weekend.
Steven Souza Jr. wasn’t in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Red Sox due to his bruised left knee, but the news was good following his MRI and X-rays on Saturday.
The Rays are in a wait-and-see mode regarding their series against the Red Sox next weekend that is scheduled to be played at Tropicana Field.
With the offense hitting lasers from gap to gap and Chris Sale in top form from the mound, the Red Sox rolled over the Rays for the second straight night at Fenway Park, notching a 9-0 victory on Saturday to maintain a 4 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East.
The Rays and the Red Sox will wrap up their three-game series Sunday in a 1:35 p.m. ET contest at Fenway Park. And the finale has all the trappings of a pitching duel with Alex Cobb starting for the Rays and Rick Porcello for the Red Sox.
Steven Souza Jr. had to leave Friday night’s Rays-Red Sox contest due to a bruised left knee. He sustained the injury in the fourth inning when he ran into the side wall in right field while trying to catch a bloop single by Christian Vazquez.