For starters: Rays at Red Sox, hoping change of scenery helps
UPDATE, 6:38: Souza said the thumb is definitely feeling better, that he took some swings today and will be in the lineup either Saturday or Sunday. ... Morrison has four homers in his last eight games.
UPDATE, 3:12: Souza is once again not in the Rays lineup, and Kiermaier, despite his struggles in the field, is, as expected:
And here is the Red Sox lineup:
Bradley Jr. CF,
DEVELOPING: After a disappointing 3-6 homestand against the Marlins, Blue Jays and Royals, the Rays are in Boston tonight to open a weekend series, hoping a change of scenery leads to a change in results.
RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off a solid, albeit unsuccessful, eight-inning outing vs. Blue Jays. Cobb allowed 11 hits in an April 16 start at Boston, and logged only four swing-and-misses, but has been better of late. He is 3-3, 3.79 in 10 starts against the Sox.
Boston is starting reigning AL Cy Young Award winner RHP Rick Porcello, who the Rays roughed up for four homers and knocked out in fifth on April 14. Porcelli, though, usually pitches well against the Rays, 10-5, 3.53 against them overall in 18 starts.
One lineup question for the Rays is the status of RF Steven Souza Jr., who has been sidelined since leaving Monday's game with a bruised right thumb. He received a cortisone injection on Wednesday with plans to return this weekend.
The Rays lost three of four in Boston last month.
Lineups when available.