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  W: J. Schreiber (4-4)   L: K. Herget (0-1)   S: M. Barnes (7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, October 3, 2022
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 26,633

Rays hope to pick up playoff momentum in meeting with Red Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

  1. Since sweeping a three-game series from Boston in early September, the Rays are 9-15 -- the worst record of the AL's postseason teams. They've won four in a row and 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Red Sox but have scored one run or fewer in six straight and eight of their last nine losses.
  2. Tyler Glasnow gave up one run -- on a solo homer -- over 3.0 IP last week at Cleveland in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2021. He's 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA against the Red Sox in his last six starts against the team.
  3. Yandy Diaz has a .412/.508/.667 slash line with two homers, nine RBI and 14 runs scored in 15 games against Boston this season. The highest average by a Rays player in a single full season against the Red Sox (min. 50 AB) is .365 by Miguel Cairo in 1999.
  4. The Red Sox totaled three runs in a three-game weekend sweep at Toronto but have won nine of their last 14 at home, where they lead the majors with a .294 batting average since Sept. 1. They're 4-12 against Tampa Bay in 2022, tying the single-season team record for losses in the matchup(2011, 2019).
  5. Rich Hill tossed 6.0 scoreless IP against Baltimore in his last start and is 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his last four starts. Hill has eight wins this season, the third-most by a pitcher aged 42-or-older in team history (David Wells, 13 in 2005, and Tim Wakefield, 11 in 2009).
  6. Xander Bogaerts has one hit in his last 19 at-bats and one extra-base hit -- a double -- in 14 games since September 13. He's batting .340/.351/.528 with two homers, nine RBI and multiple hits in seven of his 14 games against the Rays this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/3/2022 thru 10/5/2022

Before embarking on their fourth straight postseason run, the Tampa Bay Rays will hit the road on Monday night for the opener of a three-game set against the American League East rival Boston Red Sox.

The Rays (86-73) will conclude the regular season against a team they have dominated, winning 12 of this season's first 16 head-to-head meetings with Boston.

While the Red Sox (75-84) won twice at Fenway Park in August, they have lost four straight meetings with Tampa Bay and were swept in a three-game September series.

Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will face Boston in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery last Wednesday against Cleveland.

"It felt normal," Glasnow said of his first outing since June 14, 2021. "I think the routine's been similar for so long that it's kind of picked up right where I left off. ... Mechanically, everything felt pretty synced up, and my quick step felt pretty good as well."

Though he was expected to be sidelined until 2023, Glasnow returned for three innings of one-run ball with three strikeouts in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Guardians.

If Glasnow is able to maintain that level of consistency, he could be a weapon in the playoffs after pitching two series-clinching games in 2020.

With four losses in five games, including back-to-back setbacks over the weekend in Houston, the Rays lost the chance to catch Toronto for the top wild-card position.

"We're just not firing right now," Cash said. "But I'm confident that the guys, they'll get it going. ... I don't think we're maybe our best version right now. But, we've got time to get there."

The Red Sox, meanwhile, are 3-9 in their last 12 games after being swept in Toronto. Sunday's 6-3 loss was the closest game in the series.

Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run home run in his 14th multi-hit game this season.

Fellow first baseman Eric Hosmer could make his return this week after being sidelined since Aug. 21 due to lower back inflammation.

"He's feeling well during the weekend," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He's been doing his stuff at home at Fenway so there's a good chance he'll be activated (on Monday)."

Rich Hill (8-7, 4.41) looks to finish his 18th major league season on a high note after becoming the 21st pitcher in major leauge history to make 25 starts in a season at the age of 42 or older.

The Massachusetts native accomplished that feat after dealing six shutout innings and striking out nine in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Baltimore.

"We have a finite amount of time to play this game," Hill said. "A lot of the game is making adjustments. ... I think that's one thing that I've always done is continue to evolve and make adjustments with the game."

Hill has not allowed a run in three of his last seven starts.

Hill is 3-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 15 career appearances (six starts) against Tampa Bay. He has faced the Rays three times this season, pitching 11 shutout innings over two starts before allowing five runs in four innings on Sept. 6.

Glasnow is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Red Sox.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 3, 2022

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