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  W: N. Eovaldi (2-0)   L: R. Yarbrough (11-5)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 22, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 17,946

Will 11 be lucky number again for Rays vs. Red Sox?

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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Since losing the first three meetings this season, the Rays have gone 9-3 against the Red Sox with four straight wins. Tampa Bay set a franchise record with eight wins this season at Fenway Park, but is 1-5 at home against Boston.
  2. The Rays return home for a six-game homestand after completing a 4-4 road trip with Wednesday's 8-7, 11-inning win over the Dodgers. Tampa Bay has won five straight home games for the fourth time this season and is 10-1 in its last 11 at Tropicana Field.
  3. This is the start of a seven-game road trip for the Red Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-4 win over the Giants on Thursday. Boston has won four of six after a five-game skid but will be eliminated from the wild-card race with one more loss or a Tampa Bay win.
  4. Charlie Morton, Friday's scheduled starter, tries for his career-high 16th win after he won 15 games in 2018. Morton's .575 opponent OPS at home is second-best in the AL (Cole, .541) and his 2.74 ERA at home is third-best in the AL among qualified pitchers. Morton is tied for fourth in MLB with 44 wins since the start of 2017.
  5. After hitting .358 (39-for-109) in July, Rafael Devers is batting .261 (46-for-176) since the start of August. His next home run will be his 31st of the season and would break a tie with Butch Hobson for most ever by a Red Sox third baseman.
  6. Austin Meadows brings a career-high 16-game hitting streak into this series. He's batting .407 (24-for-59) with eight homers and 19 RBI during that run, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Rays player this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/23/2019
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

If the Tampa Bay Rays could play 11 innings every day, they might be unstoppable.

The Rays won in 11 innings for the third straight game Saturday, defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Nate Lowe's two-run homer. The teams will continue their four-game series Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Wednesday on the road and defeated Boston 5-4 at home Friday night.

"A lot of guys are doing some big, big things for us," Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters after the game. "But the way we're playing, the other teams are playing, we've just got to find ways. And the guys, give them a lot of credit. They certainly do that."

Saturday's win gave the Rays a one-game lead on the Cleveland Indians for the American League's second and final wild-card playoff berth. The Indians lost 9-4 to visiting Philadelphia in an interleague game.

Willy Adames also homered for the Rays, who are getting closer to full health.

The Rays got Yonny Chirinos back Saturday, after the right-hander had been out since Aug. 5 with right middle finger inflammation. That comes after the recent return of starting pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.

"I'm very happy to be able to be back with the team," Chirinos told MLB.com. "Now just try and take full advantage of the opportunity to help the team win."

Chirinos was used as a reliever in his return, replacing Glasnow in the fourth inning. Chirinos allowed a leadoff homer to Xander Bogaerts before retiring the next three batters.

"We're excited to have him back," Cash said. "He's a little different than Blake (Snell) and Tyler (Glasnow) in the fact that I think it's fair to assume that we're not going to be able to stretch him out to what he was."

Chirinos has started in 17 of his 24 appearances this season and is 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA.

"I feel good in both roles, and I have a lot of confidence," Chirinos said. "Right now we're thinking about making the playoffs, and that's the only goal."

The Rays are scheduled to start left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (11-4, 3.78 ERA) on Sunday against Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.19). Yarbrough is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in eight career appearances against the Red Sox, including two starts; Eovaldi is 1-4 with a 5.64 ERA in seven appearances against Tampa Bay, with five starts.

The defending World Series champion Red Sox were eliminated from postseason contention Friday, meaning no team has repeated since the 2000 New York Yankees.

"It's not easy, man. We talk about hangover or whatever. The grind of going through the whole thing is gratifying," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told the media. "We were talking about it yesterday. We only lost 57 games last year as a group. We were locked in mentally. And then the offseason becomes short.

"Sometimes, it's great. Give me the short offseason the whole time. As far as preparation and all that, you're in a rush. I do feel that going into the season, you prepare the right way, you do everything possible, but that first month is very important. You have a target (on your back). We talk about it."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2019

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