Even then, though, some of the woes that have bedeviled the Sox so far this year started to raise their head -- the one loss in the series was due to a massive bullpen meltdown and a five-run Rays ninth inning.
Since that game, the Rays scored 16 runs against the Red Sox and swept a two game series in Boston that was abbreviated by rain, and took three of four from a good Twins team, including a walkoff victory when Johnny Damon hit an RBI single after Ben Zobrist had tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Rays have won six of nine after an 0-6 start; meanwhile, the Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Angels and have lost four in a row. After this series is over the Sox and Rays will have played eight times in the Sox' first 19 games -- and then they won't meet again the rest of the season.
Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Sox; he'll face the Rays' David Price. Game time is 5:40 p.m. CDT and the telecast is on CSN Chicago Plus (CLTV in Chicago; other places check your cable system).