Fire breaks out at Tropicana Field on Rays' Opening Day

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday Oct. 5 2017 in Houston

Rays brace to see plenty of Red Sox in next two weeks

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will square off in the second installment of a season-opening four-game series when they meet again at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay on Friday night.

When the Rays begin a season at home, nearly assured are a Trop sellout and Archer toeing the pitching rubber.

It certainly was a pitchers duel for both sides, as the Red Sox had trouble figuring out Tampa starter Blake Snell, who allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings. "Honestly, it never gets old". Archer faces off against Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. "We realize we've got to win", the manager added. "We know he has something going on with his knee, but he's giving 100 percent". LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm strain) had a lengthy bullpen two days after a minor league game. Then last week, Nathan Eovaldi, projected as the No. 3 starter, required his own elbow surgery to fix loose bodies in the joint. Did J.D. Martinez just say he was done with the Red Sox? He's thrown 190 to 200-plus innings for three years. I think that's going to help a lot of the young Latino players that are in the organization. That 200-inning mark is big for him.

With the win, the Sox climb to 1-1, while the Rays fall to 1-1.

"Honestly, no", he said.

Traditionally the Red Sox are a power hitting team, but past year things hit rock bottom in the dinger department. He's their ace, with certain numbers buttressing that standing, while others might leave a dispassionate observer scratching their head.

They should be seven and two to start off the season, no matter who's in their pitching rotation.

The Boston Red Sox won the AL East past year with 93 wins, while the Tampa Bay Rays placed third in the AL East with an 80-82 record. Archer's 249 strikeouts in 2017 ranked fourth in the majors and second in team history.

"Boston is a challenge, but for me, it's not", Cora said.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (5-7, 4.04 in 2017) looks to build on improvement he showed over his final 10 starts of last season, when he went 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA after being recalled from the minors on August 8.

The Red Sox supposedly have adopted a new philosophy of aggressiveness at the plate, including swinging at the first pitch, rather than working deep into the count. We got the one run we needed and we made it work today. That's the way it goes sometimes. "You don't take anybody for granted", Sale said. I've been looking at them, checking them out, studying them, obviously playing against them with Detroit.

"I judge myself based off other factors besides win-loss". Pitching deep into ballgames is the most important thing for me.

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