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Tampa Bay Rays (38-23 Logan Morrison Jersey , second in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (33-30, third in the AL East)Boston; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: TBD Red Sox: David Price (3-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 59 strikeouts)Article continues below ...BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays for a doubleheader Saturday.The Red Sox are 12-12 against opponents from the AL East. The Boston offense has compiled a .260 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the American League. Rafael Devers leads the team with a mark of .311.The Rays have gone 13-10 against division opponents. Tampa Bay ranks fifth in the MLB in hitting with a .261 batting average, Austin Meadows leads the team with an average of .345. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.TOP PERFORMERS: Devers leads the Red Sox with 75 hits and is batting .311. Xander Bogaerts has 16 hits and is batting .000 over the last 10 games for Boston.Meadows leads the Rays with 12 home runs and has 38 RBIs. Travis d’Arnaud is 4-for-13 with two home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 5-5, .279 batting average, 5.22 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runsRays: 6-4, .277 batting average Orlando Arcia Jersey , 3.56 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runsRed Sox Injuries: Hector Velazquez: 10-day IL (back), Tyler Thornburg: 10-day IL (hip), Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Nathan Eovaldi: 10-day IL (elbow), Dustin Pedroia: 60-day IL (knee), Steve Pearce: 10-day IL (back), Tzu-Wei Lin: 10-day IL (knee), J.D. Martinez: day-to-day (back).Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist) Jonathan Villar Jersey , Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Michael Perez: 10-day IL (oblique), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee). LOS ANGELES — A rookie in name only at this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers are merely looking at Walker Buehler now as simply a big-game pitcher.It means the Dodgers have the right guy on the mound as they go for a three-game series sweep Wednesday over the Colorado Rockies. When the first pitch in the series was thrown on Monday the Rockies led the division. The Dodgers are the club with a 1 1/2-game lead now thanks to Chris Taylor’s walk-off home run Tuesday.Article continues below ...Buehler has given the Dodgers a legitimate 1-2 punch alongside staff ace Clayton Kershaw with a second half that has had a presence about it.The Rockies will counter with a shaky Tyler Anderson as the left-hander continues to search for his first victory since July 4. He is 0-6 over his last 12 starts with a 6.38 ERA.Buehler (7-5, 2.88 ERA) gave up four runs in a Sept. 8 start at Colorado, but that is where runs come easier than most parks. It is the only time over his last nine starts he has given up more than two earned runs. He has a 1.75 ERA going back to a July 31 outing when he gave up just one run to the Milwaukee Brewers.The Kershaw-Buehler duo is starting to bear a strong resemblance to the Kershaw-Zack Greinke duo that led the charge for Dodgers teams of the recent past.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked if the season from his 24-year-old right-hander has exceeded his expectations.“He has exceeded them in my eyes, but probably not in how own which is a good thing,” Roberts said. “I expect him to help us win a championship so that is what he has done. If you look at the stat line, it’s pretty impressive. You hope for that (and) we’re all impressed.”Anderson (6-9, 4.82) is not exactly creating the same type of buzz, although he has been better of late. He gave up two runs over seven innings at San Francisco in his last outing, but the Rockies lost a 2-0 decision.Since he last won a game http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , Anderson has given up six runs once, seven runs once and nine runs once. But he has also given up just one run in three starts since July 4, but the Rockies could not finish off a victory.One of those one-run outings came Aug. 9 at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers rallied against the Colorado bullpen for an 8-5 victory.“Part of the strength of Tyler is his mentality and his aptitude, body awareness and all those things,” Rockies manager Bud Black said, according to mlb.com. “Going into the game (against the Giants) he was in a pretty good spot as far as his delivery, based on what I saw the last four or five days in between his starts.He will have a chance to repeat that against the Dodgers, who he is 3-4 against in 11 career starts with a 4.10 ERA.If there is one team Buehler knows well since making his major league debut last September, it is the Rockies. He has eight appearances and four starts against Colorado, going 0-1 against the Rockies with a 4.45 ERA. Buehler made his major league debut against the Rockies on Sept. 7 last season.
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