The road trip continues with the first of three games in Tampa Bay. Here are the lineups for Game 1 of should be an interesting series:
RED SOX (24-21)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.26).
Pitching: RHP Wade Davis (4-3, 3.35).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN2/WRKO.
State of the Sox: It’s a little too early to declare the Sox have turned the corner. But they’re on the right block at least. The Sox have won two straight, five of six and 13 of the last 20. Three games over .500 is the high-water mark of the season so far.
Revenge on the Rays: The Rays swept four games from the Sox at Fenway Park from April 16-19. The Rays outscored the Sox 24-9 in that series.
Warm: Adrian Beltre is 12 of his last 31 (.387) with six RBI to boost his batting average to .325.
Hot: David Ortiz is 20 of his last 57 (.351) with nine extra-base hits, 18 RBI and 11 runs scored over 21 games.
Hotter: Victor Martinez is 11 of his last 21 (.524) with seven extra-base hits.
Hottest: Kevin Youkilis is 25 of his last 63 (.397) with 12 extra-base hits, 15 RBI, 21 runs scored, 24 walks. He has a .571 OPB in that stretch and an .810 slugging percentage.
Another day, another base: Youkilis has reached safely in 22 straight games. That sounds pretty good until you learn he did it 44 straight times in 2008.
Cold: Mike Lowell is 0 for his last 10.
Colder: Dustin Pedroia is 4 for his last 39 including 0 for his last 20.
Joe West just called, he’s thrilled: The Sox have played five straight games under three hours.
The Buch starts here: Clay Buchholz is 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA in five career starts against the Rays. He faced the Rays on April 17 and allowed four runs (none earned) over five innings.
He’s not getting traded or moved to the bullpen: Buchholz is 10-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 16 starts. He has allowed 88 hits over 98.2 innings in that stretch.
Wading in: Wade Davis has faced the Sox twice and allowed nine runs over 7.2 innings.
On the iPod right now: Put On by Young Jeezy and Kanye West.
Back with much more later including a live blog during the game.