Clay Buchholz makes start against Tampa Bay Rays
UNDATED (AP) -- Slumping Tampa Bay starts a crucial home series against Boston tonight that could go a long way toward determining the Rays' post-season chances. While Tampa Bay is a distanct 7 1-2 games back of the Red Sox for the AL East lead, the Rays are nursing a slim 1 1-2-game lead over Baltimore and Cleveland for the final American League wild-card spot.
The Rays are coming off a disappointing 3-7 road trip that cut into their wild-card lead.
Tampa Bay's scheduled starter David Price is going through his own slump, having lost two straight to drop to 8-7.
Boston counters with Clay Buchholz who's making his first start after being sidelined three months with a strained neck. Before the layoff he was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA.