The Rays snapped their six-game win streak Wednesday night, getting pummeled 9-2 by Boston in what was a game to forget for Rays fans.
David Price, of course, is the big concern after last night's game. In the midst of his disappointing start to the year, Price exited in the third inning with a triceps strain.
Ten of the 11 runs in this ballgame were scored in that third inning, as the Red Sox broke out for eight runs to start the scoring. Stephen Drew's grand slam highlighted the offense explosion for Boston.
Price ended the night with a final line of four earned runs on five hits, a walk and one strikeout through 2.1 innings. The other four runs in the third were allowed by Jamey Wright.
A Desmond Jennings RBI triple and a Ben Zobrist RBI groundout put the Rays on the board in the bottom half of the inning, but that would really be it for Tampa's bats against Jon Lester.
Cesar Ramos came in later in the game for the Rays, doing a fantastic job allowing just one hit in three scoreless frames. Josh Lueke, who was recently called up to replace the injured Brandon Gomes, had a hitless inning of work and remained scoreless to start his 2013 big league season.
The Rays are now 20-19, and go for the series victory tonight at 7:10 ET in the crucial rubber match. Alex Cobb (4-2, 3.09 ERA) will take the mound versus left-hander Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40 ERA).
As for Price's injury, the MRI last night revealed a triceps strain that apparently could of been much worse. It's unlikely that he'll make his next start, but we'll have to wait 'till later today to see what the word is on a possible DL stint for him.
Jake Odorizzi, who is currently struggling with Triple-A Durham and was roughed up last night, seems to be the most likely candidate to replace Price in his next start because he's pitching on the same schedule as him. Chris Archer is another possibility.
Here's Price on the injury Wednesday night:
News and Notes:
- More David Price health woes: Price told reporters Tuesday that his vision has been affected by severe allergy issues since the spring. Could this possibly be a reason for his surprising early-season struggles?
- Around the AL East: Fortunately for the Rays, both New York and Baltimore lost at home yesterday. The Blue Jays, however, destroyed the Giants 11-3.
- Former Ray Dan Wheeler is seeking a return to the big leagues.