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MLB BASEBALL

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Saturday when the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox meet at Fenway Park.

The Rays will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander David Price in this game. Price has a 10-8 record and a 3.33 ERA this season.

The Red Sox will counter Price with John Lackey. Righthander Lackey has a 3.52 ERA to go along with a 10-13 record this season.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 12-2 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -142 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 91-71 SU
Boston: 97-65 SU

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Tampa Bay's last 15 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Boston's last 15 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay, Monday, October 7