On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game series on the road against the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay is 86-50 following a 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Tampa Bay has won two straight and 11 of the last 13. Tampa Bay is first in the American League East with a 7 ½-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees.
Randy Arozarena is batting .273 to lead Tampa Bay and the left fielder has a team-high 123 hits. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is the leader in home runs with 32 and designated hitter Austin Meadows is the leader in RBIs with 94. On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays will send Ryan Yarbrough to the mound. The left-hander is 8-4 with an ERA of 4.50, 104 Ks and 23 BBs.
Boston improved to 79-59 following a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Alex Verdugo had a bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox the victory on Saturday. Boston has won four straight and seven of the last 10. The Red Sox are third in the American League East, eight games behind the Rays.
Xander Bogaerts is batting .298 to lead Boston but is sidelined with covid issues, therefore the leader in batting average is Alex Verdugo at .293. Rafael Devers is leading Boston in home runs with 33 and RBIs with 100 and JD Martinez has a team high 140 hits. On Monday, Boston will send Chris Sale to the mound. The left-hander is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.53, 24 Ks and 5 BBs.