Game 66: Red Sox at Rays – Can we all just get along?

The Guru
Contributing Writer

It’s game two at the Trop after a long night in which the Sox won in 14-innings and tempers were short. The Red Sox (40-25) beat the Rays (34-29) 10-8 and they currently trail the first place Sox by five games in the American League East.

The Red Sox have won seven of their last nine games.

The Sox have the second-best record in baseball behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jon Lester (6-2, 3.60) will face off against Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03) of the Rays.

Lester is 0-2, 5.68 in his last four starts.

Hernandez is 2-4, 3.63 in nine career appearances against the Red Sox.

First pitch 7:10 EDT. Here’s tonight’s starting nine:

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Mike Napoli 1B
6. Daniel Nava LF
7. Stephen Drew SS
8. David Ross C
9. Jose Iglesias 3B

Pitching: Jon Lester

Lester needs to last: The Red Sox need innings from Jon Lester tonight after the bullpen was emptied in last night’s 14-inning win. Lester has averaged six innings in his last three starts. The Red Sox need a little more tonight.

Ortiz hot: David Ortiz has 13 RBI in his last eight games. Big Papi also is 7-for-19 (.368) with a homer, three doubles and a walk against the former Fausto Carmona. Look for a good night.

Nava an All-Star: Daniel Nava is hitting .300 with eight home runs, is fifth in the AL in OBP (.396), 15th in OPS (869) an tied for 10th in RBIs (42). He’s outplaying guys with names like Braun, Holliday and Crawford. Write Daniel Nava's name in on your All-Star ballot. He deserves to be there.

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