Yesterday, the Red Sox received troubling news about Nathan Eovaldi. There is a good chance that Eovaldi will opt for surgery. Last season he had this same surgery and didn’t return until two months later. There is optimism that he would return much sooner than that. Alex Cora hasn’t officially tabbed who will take Eovaldi’s spot in rotation, but it will most likely be Hector Velazquez.

Last night everything seemed to be clicking (minus bullpen), including the Sox offense putting up five runs in the second inning. That was capped off with Benitendi’s first career grand slam, in the 9th he also supplied the game winning sac fly. That sac fly was preceded by Michael Chavis’ first career hit, a smoked double to center. Porcello deserving of the win, had his best start of the season. He gave up just 2 ER in 5.2 innings and walked only one batter. A big improvement for Rick, more positives for this team.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox vs his former team, as he wills the Sox to accomplish their first sweep of the season. More impressive since they came from a disheartening two game sweep in the Bronx, and then were heading to play the 1st place 14-5 Tampa Bay Rays. After shutting out the Orioles over seven innings, Price by a healthy margin owns the best starter’s ERA for a Sox pitcher (3.79). With who his opponent is, this has the feelings of a thrilling pitchers duel that could conceivably end at 1-0 or 2-1.

Price pitched five times against the Rays, with sparkling result.

(2-1, 2.20 ERA)

32.2 innings, 23 Hits, 9 Runs (8 ER), 3 HRs, 32 Ks, 12 Walks

Tyler Glasnow the former Pirate takes the mound for the Rays. Have to think the Chris Archer trade will be something that Pirates fans don’t want to bring up right? Glasnow is right now 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 1 HR allowed in 24 innings. Austin Meadows is batting a ridiculous .351 with 6 HRs, 19 RBIs. I mean yeesh!! Quite the test for the Sox bats today. But it’s especially nice to see today that Chavis just so happens to be in the lineup.

First Pitch – 2:10pm ET !!!

David Price — Career vs Tampa Bay Rays in 14 games (13 starts), 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA. Career at Tropicana Field in 93 games (91 starts), 37-30 with a 2.83 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays:

Willy Adames – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Ji-Man Choi —–

Nick Ciuffo —–

Yandy Diaz – 1 for 3 (.333 avg)

Avisail Garcia – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) HR, 5 RBIs, 6 Ks

Guillermo Heredia – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 RBIs, K

Kevin Kiermaier – 4 for 17 (.235 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Brandon Lowe —–

Austin Meadows —–

Michael Perez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Ks

Tommy Pham – 0 for 2, Walk, 2 Ks

Daniel Robertson – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) Double, RBI, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Tyler Glasnow — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 start, 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. In that one start, he gave up 5 Runs (4 ER) off of three hits and three walks in 6.2 innings, striking out four Sox batters. Career at Tropicana Field in 7 starts, 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA.

Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double

Mookie Betts – 0 for 3, K

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 2, Walk

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 2, K

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers —–

Sandy Leon – 0 for 2, K

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) HR, RBI, Walk

Mitch Moreland – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, RBI, Walk

Steve Pearce —–

Christian Vazquez —–