Tuesday’s Game of the Night is at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts where the Tampa Bay Rays try to maintain their 6.5 game lead over the Boston Red Sox, before they head back to Tampa to take on the AL East leading New York Yankees. In Mondays game the Red Sox, lead by now 16 game winner Jon Lester defeated the Rays 12-5 thanks to rookie center-fielder Ryan Kalish (.247/3/14). Kalish hit his first career grand slam to help seal the victory.
The Rays have David (“Game of the Night”) Price (16-6, 2.92 ERA) back on the hill. Price is coming of a solid outing against the Toronto Blue Jays. The big lefty pitched eight innings striking out seven and walking two on 108 pitches. The victory set Tampa’s club record for wins in a season with 16. Price is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA versus Boston in 2010 with Red Sox hitters batting .290 against him. This is Price’s first career start at Fenway Park.
The Sox’s will send Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-4, 4.29 ERA) to the mound. Dice-K is finally getting healthy for the Sox stretch run, the Red Sox have won five of the last six games Matsuzaka has started. The right hander has been far from consistent giving up four runs in five of his last six starts. Matsuzaka is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts versus Tampa Bay in 2010.
On a side note…. Did anyone watch the end of the Boise St. versus Virginia Tech game? Boise quarterback Kellen Moore is for real. Moore showed great composure getting the ball back with under three minutes left in the game, and pulled of his best Peyton Manning impression (minus last years Super Bowl). You could just smell it in the air with Brent Musburger telling us about the tiny Boise QB and the 20 returning starters, then throwing a perfect strike into the end-zone so only his guy could catch it. Moore and Boise St. look for real this year and could be playing in the National Championship this season.