How to watch Sunday’s series finale between Rays, Red Sox; Compositions, Nuggets, Gameday Chatter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to win their series with Boston on Sunday, and they’re looking to ace Shane McClanahan to get the job done. Play begins at 1:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field.

McClanahan has been very good so far for the Rays in his first three starts. He has a stellar 2.40 ERA and struck out 24 batters in 15 innings for the Rays, who are 8-7 after Saturday night’s dramatic 3-2 win. .

The Rays will face a familiar face on Sunday, 42-year-old southpaw Rich Hill, who kicked off part of last season with the Rays.

“I spoke to Rich the other day. He’s done a lot of good things for us and we’ve seen him a few times in spring training. It’s good to see him,’ the manager said of the Rays, Kevin Cash.” It’s similar to (former Ray Michael) Wacha (who pitched for the Red Sox on Friday). We knew what he wanted to do against us, and he shot pretty well. I’m sure Rich will do what he did with us, mix up his pitches.

“You can’t think too much about that stuff, just because we’ve seen it and we know it.”

Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game, complete with game time, line-ups and the usual excellent news nuggets.

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How to watch the Red Sox at the Rays

  • Who: Boston Red Sox (7-8) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (8-7)
  • When: 1:10 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 24
  • Or: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • TV: Bally Sports Sun
  • Flow: CLICK HERE
  • Advertisers: Dewayne Staats (play-by-play), Brian Anderson (color commentary), and Tricia Whitaker (in-game reporter).
  • Radio: WDAE 95.3 FM; SiriusXM channel 89
  • Advertisers: Andy Freed and Dave Wills.
  • Last line: Tampa Bay is favored at minus-188 on the money line according to the website’s opening line Sunday morning. The Red Sox are plus-155. The plus/minus is 7.5.

Rays–Red Sox History

  • Rays vs Red Sox Series All-Time History: Tampa Bay is 196-242 against the Red Sox, a .442 winning percentage. They’re 109-114 at Tropicana since 1998. They’ve met in the playoffs three times, including last season when the Red Sox won the AL Divisional Series 3-1. Boston also won the 2013 ALDS 3-1, but Tampa Bay won the 2008 AL Championship Series 4-3 to qualify for its first World Series. The Rays have faced the Red Sox 15 times in the playoffs, by far the most of any opponent. They are 1-1 so far this season.

Last game Rays-Red Sox

  • Last Rays-Red Sox game: Tampa Bay had two rarities in the same game Saturday night, getting nine hitless innings from their pitchers AND a first-career home run from Kevin Kiermaier to win a thriller 3-2 at Tropicana Field. For the full story of the game, CLICK HERE

Projected starting pitchers

  • Rich Hill, Red Sox left-hander: Veteran Rich Hill, who kicked off part of the 2021 season for the Rays, gets the start for Boston on Sunday. The 42-year-old is making his third start of the season and is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA. He is yet to make it past the fifth inning and has allowed at least three runs in both starts against the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.
  • Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan: The Rays begin their fourth trip in the starting rotation on Sunday, with Opening Day starter Shane McClanahan getting the call. He’s 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA so far, with a team-high 24 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Projected compositions

  • Roster of the Red Sox: Trevor Story 2B, Enrique Hernandez CF, Rafael Devers 3B, Xander Bogaerts DH, Alex Verdugo LF, Bobby Dalbec 1B, Christian Arroyo SS, Christian Vazquez C, Rob Refsnyder RH, Rich Hill P.
  • Radius range: Randy Arozarena LF, Wander Franco SS, Harold Ramirez DH, Yandy Diaz 1B, Taylor Walls 3B, Manuel Margot RF, Vidal Brujan 2B, Mike Zunino C, Kevin Kiermaier CF, Shane McClanahan P.

News nuggets

  • Nugget n°1: Vidal Bruhan makes his 2022 debut on Sunday, starting at second base while Brandon Lowe takes time off against a southpaw. He was hitting .294 in five games at Durham and is healthy after a minor knee problem earlier. He is from San Pedro de Macaris in the Dominican Republic and is 24 years old. He played 10 games last July with the Rays.
  • Nugget n°2: The Rays have been terrific in 2020, going 40-20 in the COVID-shortened season, and winning 100 games a year ago. But neither were they 8-7 or better through 15 games. They were 7-8 each of the last two years.
  • Nugget n°3: The Rays are getting used to playing close games. So far, 10 of their 15 games have been decided by two points or less. It’s second in the majors, behind only Baltimore, which has played 11 such games, including the first two of the year against the Rays.
  • Nugget n°4: The Rays placed pitcher Jeffrey Springs (close contact) on COVID-19 Related IL and infielder Yandy Díaz (symptoms) reinstated from COVID-19 Related IL.

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