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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Felix Doubront in this game. Doubront has a 3-1 record and a 5.66 ERA this season.

Doubront's opponent in this one will be Alex Cobb. The Rays righthander has a 3.09 ERA to go along with a 4-2 record this season.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 9-2 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +115 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Boston: 23-17 SU
Tampa Bay: 20-19 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Boston at Minnesota, Friday, May 17
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Friday, May 17