Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, April 26, 2019
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Preview for Digital Sports Desk by Staff and Gracenote
BOSTON – So much for the “Rays” aspect of the game tonight as the weather at Fenway Park is not fit for man nor beast. At 6:24pm, the team announced
The Red Sox-Rays game scheduled for tonight, Friday, April 26, at Fenway Park has been postponed. The weather forecast calls for thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and strong winds to continue to move through the Fenway area during the evening and into the overnight hours.
Tonight’s game will be rescheduled for 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, as the second game of a day-night doubleheader following the regularly scheduled game at 1:05 p.m. Tickets for tonight’s game will be good for admission to the rescheduled contest at 6:10 p.m.
That said, here’s a look at the “next” game:
The Tampa Bay Rays bolted out of the gate and had a chance to put the defending World Series champions in a deep hole last weekend, only to get swept at home in a three-game set by the struggling Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay has an opportunity to exact some revenge on its American League East rivals when it opens a 10-game road trip with the first of three in Boston on Friday night.
“It’ll be a big test for us,” Rays infielder Kevin Kiermaier said of the rematch with the Red Sox. “It’s an important series for us getting revenge and proving to ourselves we can still beat the best teams in baseball. And we will.”
Tampa Bay absorbed another blow to its lineup in Wednesday’s 10-2 loss when Joey Wendle fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch. The bats are finally starting to heat up for the Red Sox, who rebounded from a doubleheader loss to Detroit by erupting for 18 runs in back-to-back wins to salvage a split of the four-game series.
Reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts had two hits for the fifth time in eight games in Thursday’s 7-3 victory and is 11-for-26 with a homer and four doubles in that span.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Charlie Morton (2-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Red Sox TBA.
Morton registered a season-high nine strikeouts in a no-decision versus Boston last weekend but surrendered an early grand slam to Andrew Benintendi and wound up charged with five runs and as many hits over six innings. He also did not factor in the decision in his previous turn at Toronto, allowing one run on four hits over 4 2/3 innings after winning two of his first two starts.
Morton is 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA against the Red Sox but Benintendi is 4-for-11 with a pair of homers and Xander Bogaerts 6-for-14 against him.
Boston initially had lefties David Price and Chris Sale lined up to pitch the first two games of the series, but Sale was pushed back a day after Monday’s rainout and manager Alex Cora wants Price to pitch in front of him. So, it’s likely that Price will go Saturday and Sale on Sunday and call-up Josh Smith will head back to Pawtucket without his start.
1. Rays OF Tommy Pham is 12-for-27 over his last seven games.
2. Red Sox rookie INF Michael Chavis homered for the second time in three games on Thursday
3. The Rays assigned LH Ryan Yarbrough, who won 16 games as a rookie last year, to Triple-A Durham.