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: The series finale
Posted May 27, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM
BOSTON Great pitching by both sides and a walk-off home run by Boston on Saturday night took some of the heat out of this rivalry.
Now the Rays and Red Sox mix it up this afternoon in the rubber match of this three-game set.
Elliot Johnson gets the day off for the Rays, meaning Sean Rodriguez returns to shortstop and Will Rhymes gets a start at second base.
That’s the only change for the Rays, who are sticking with Carlos Peña at the top of the order followed by the red-hot B.J. Upton, who needs a hit today to extend his hitting streak to 10, thus matching his career-high.
Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for the Rays vs. Clay Buchholz.
Here are the lineups: