Tampa Bay's Meadows puts 16-game hit streak on the line against Red Sox

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 
Posted9/20/2019 7:00 AM

Boston Red Sox (80-72, third in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (90-63, second in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Rick Porcello (13-12, 5.77 ERA) Rays: Charlie Morton (15-6, 3.16 ERA)

LINE: Rays -181; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay's Meadows puts 16-game hit streak on the line against Red Sox.

The Rays are 38-29 against the rest of their division. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.70, Charlie Morton leads the staff with a mark of 3.16.

The Red Sox have gone 33-36 against division opponents. Boston ranks fourth in the league in hitting with a .270 batting average, Rafael Devers leads the club with an average of .311.

TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 32 home runs and has 88 RBIs. Avisail Garcia has 12 hits and is batting .400 over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

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J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 35 home runs and has 97 RBIs. Christian Vazquez is 9-for-27 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .272 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Red Sox: 4-6, .224 batting average, 4.69 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

Rays Injuries: Hoby Milner: (back/neck), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Jose Alvarado: (elbow), Tommy Pham: (eye), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot).

Red Sox Injuries: Steven Wright: (toe), Chris Sale: (elbow), David Price: (wrist), Heath Hembree: (elbow), Mookie Betts: (foot), Sam Travis: (head), Dustin Pedroia: (knee), Steve Pearce: (back), Michael Chavis: (shoulder), J.D. Martinez: (groin).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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