Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ BoSox: Looking to avoid the broom
Posted Apr 16, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 16, 2012 at 09:03 AM
BOSTON The Rays seem to think there is more to the Red Sox explosive offense this weekend than their pitchers falling behind in the count.
“They’re just really hot right now,” manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday’s 6-4 loss. “It’s like they knew what’s coming almost. They’re on every pitch. They’re on the fastball. They’re on the breaking ball. They’re on the changeup. They’re on everything right now.”
Was Sunday starter Matt Moore tipping his pitches? He said no.
Are the Red Sox stealing the signs? Maybe.
Does former Rays C Kelly Shoppach have the goods on his old team? Perhaps, but then the Rays should rake when they get to Toronto later this week with help from Jose Molina, who played the past two season with the Blue Jays.
This should be an interesting late morning/early afternoon of baseball at Fenway Park as the Rays try to avoid a three-game sweep.
James Shields is charged with that task.
Today is Patriot’s Day here so first pitch is at 11:05 a.m.
Here are the lineups:
Peña 1 B