The Red Sox open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Eduardo Rodriguez will take the mound for the Red Sox. He’s had a rough June, going no further than 5⅓ innings in each of his three starts, with an 8.21 ERA. But the Rays haven’t had the easiest stretch either; they’re on a six-game losing streak.
The hope in Tampa is that phenom shortstop Wander Franco, who was called up over the weekend, can turn things around when he makes his debut.
RED SOX (43-29): Santana CF, Verdugo LF, Martinez DH, Bogaerts SS, Devers 3B, Renfroe RF, Vázquez C, Hernández 2B, Dalbec 1B.
Pitching: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (5-4, 6.21 ERA)
RAYS (43-30): Díaz 1B, Franco 3B, Meadows DH, Arozarena LF, Margot RF, Mejía C, Lowe 2B, Walls SS, Kiermaier CF.
Pitching: RHP Andrew Kittredge (5-1, 1.34 ERA)
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7
Red Sox vs. Kittredge: Arroyo 0-1, Bogaerts 2-8, Devers 0-3, Hernández 0-1, Martinez 3-8, Verdugo 0-1, Vázquez 0-4
Rays vs. Rodriguez: Díaz 4-7, Kiermaier 1-9, Lowe 3-6, Margot 2-3, Meadows 1-5, Mejía 0-2, Zunino 0-5
Stats of the day: Franco, ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, has hit .315 with 7 home runs and 35 RBIs in 39 games with the Triple A Durham Bulls this year.
Notes: The Rays lineup ranks 12th out of the 15 American League teams in batting average (.229) and eighth in OPS (.704). ... Kittredge has a 2.53 ERA in 15 appearances against the Sox, but likely will serve only as an opener. ... Rodriguez hasn’t won since May 7, but the Red Sox did win each of his last three starts (he did not factor into the decisions). ... Rodriguez’s 5.44 ERA against Tampa is his third-highest against an AL opponent. ... Christian Arroyo, who was hitting .333 with four RBIs and a home run in the last week, left Sunday’s loss to the Royals with a bone bruise to his shin, but X-rays were negative. No indication whether he’ll play Tuesday.