Rays to host Big Papi, Red Sox

Rays to host Big Papi, Red Sox

The Devil Rays begin a nine-game homestand with a three-game series that gets under way on Friday night in a 7:10 ET contest at Tropicana Field.

Jason Hammel will start for the Rays after a spot start against the Yankees on Saturday that saw him pitch well, allowing two runs in four innings. He would have gone farther, but he has been pitching in relief and was not "stretched out" enough. Hammel possesses a nice variety of pitches and will be given a strong opportunity to show that he belongs in the rotation. He is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in three appearances against the Red Sox.

Tim Wakefield will start for the Red Sox after gaining his 11th win of the season on Sunday, when he surrendered four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings against the White Sox. Wakefield is 16-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 33 career appearances against Tampa Bay.

After finishing with the Red Sox, the Rays will play the Blue Jays in a three-game series before playing three against the Orioles.

Pitching matchup
TB: RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 5.82 ERA)
Opponents are hitting .262 against Hammel this season.

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (11-9, 4.74 ERA)
In 17 appearances at Tropicana Field, Wakefield is 7-0 with a 2.39 ERA.

Player to watch
Carl Crawford has a career average of .344 (22-for-64) with two home runs and eight RBIs against Wakefield.

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On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WHNZ 1250,
• WGES 680 (Español)

Up next
• Saturday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-0, 3.00) at Devil Rays (James Shields, 8-6, 4.44), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 12-7, 3.79) at Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 7-7, 4.02), 1:40 p.m. ET
• Monday: Blue Jays (TBD) at Devil Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 1-6, 5.57), 7:10 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.