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Friday, July 25 (All times eastern)

Boston Red Sox (47-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-53), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50) Tampa Bay - David Price (10-7, 3.06)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox pay a visit to Tropicana Field on Friday night to kick off a three-game series against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays.

With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching and both teams at the bottom of the American League East standings, this, however unlikely, has the potential to be the last start for Lester in a Red Sox uniform and for Price in a Rays uniform.

Both pitchers are 10-7 on the season.

"I just try to make sure I go out and pitch well for these guys in here," Lester said. "If these guys are happy with the way I'm throwing and how I'm going about my business, that's all I care about. Like I've said in the past, that other stuff will take care of itself."

Boston's ace has gone 6-1 with a 1.67 ERA over his last 10 starts and has not allowed an earned run in three of his last four outings. Lester pitched eight shutout innings against Kansas City in his last start, as he allowed just four hits while striking out eight and walking two batters.

Meanwhile, Price has won each of his last five starts. He boasts a 1.72 ERA over his last 10 outings and has completed eight innings seven times in that span. Most recently, he held the Minnesota Twins off the scoreboard for eight frames on Saturday, yielding only four hits while striking out nine and walking nobody.

This marks the first time Price has faced the Red Sox since hitting David Ortiz with a pitch on May 30, which prompted a benches-clearing brawl. The bad blood between the two goes back to Game 2 of last year's ALDS, when Ortiz homered twice off Price and drew the left-hander's ire by admiring one of the shots.

"I have no more respect for him," Ortiz said following the May incident. "Last year, we kick his (butt) in the playoffs. ... First at-bat of this season, he drills me. That means it's war. It's on. Next time he better bring the gloves."

However, Ortiz injured his back on a check swing late in Thursday's game in Toronto and is considered day to day with back spasms, according to manager John Farrell. It would be a big blow for Boston's lineup if the slugger cannot go, considering Ortiz blasted four home runs and drove in eight runs during the four-game series against the Blue Jays.

Boston is coming off three straight losses in Toronto, including Thursday's 8-0 setback. The Red Sox offense managed only one hit for the game, while starter Rubby De La Rosa was chased after coughing up seven runs (six earned) in only four innings.

Tampa Bay has won a season-best seven in a row as the team now begins a nine- game homestand.

The Rays had Thursday off after they shut out St. Louis by a 3-0 margin a day earlier. Alex Cobb tossed seven shutout frames while notching seven strikeouts, and he also collected his first big league hit with an RBI double in the second inning.

Now, it is Price's turn to try to keep the Rays' streak going.

"We need to win. Period," Price said. "We need to continue to play the baseball that we have."

Tampa Bay is 5-4 against Boston this season, although the Red Sox have outscored Tampa Bay by a 37-30 margin in those meetings. The two teams have occupied the bottom two spots in the AL East since May 16.

07/25 10:48:03 ET

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UNC 82
OSU 74
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MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
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UNCW 66
ECU 54
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CAR 2
NYR 3
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CHA 104
UTA 86
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WVU 75
NCSU 66
 
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NYK 90
PHO 99
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NOP 88
POR 114
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CHA 104
UTA 86
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HOU 97
ATL 104
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DAL 99
SAN 93
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DEN 76
IND 73
 
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LAC 50
MIL 52
 
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NEV 3
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UTEP 6
UTST 21
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COLST 10
UTAH 45
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AFA 38
WMICH 24
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BGU 20
SALABAMA 7
 
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GEOR 81
CHAR 78
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WKENT 67
LOU 76
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MICH 51
SMU 62
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CIN 47
VCU 68
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BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
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PROV 85
UMASS 65
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AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
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UNC 82
OSU 74
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IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
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VILL 82
SYR 77
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VT 64
CITA 61
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DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
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FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
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YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
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FD 76
DEL 74
 
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PSU 73
DREX 68
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UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
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ILL 62
MIZZ 59
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CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
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LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
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HOU 63
SCST 71
 
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FSU 75
SFLA 62
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BING 51
BONA 69
 
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RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
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MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
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JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
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GT 65
VANDY 60
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INDST 56
EILL 60
 
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BUT 73
IND 82
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STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
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OREG 83
DELST 70
 
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Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
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TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
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KU 96
LAF 69
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ARKST 67
MARS 58
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MEM 78
ORU 63
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KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
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NW 67
WMICH 61
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MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
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CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
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KENT 83
UCLA 44
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COC 68
DAVID 80
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RIU 69
DET 55
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UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
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MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
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NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
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WAGN 66
MON 74
 
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MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
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PITT 81
OU 77
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PBY 60
 
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WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
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AFA 75
UCD 81
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MSST 51
USCU 53
 
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JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
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TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
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DRAK 54
ISU 83
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SHU 73
UNH 60
 
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SCU 72
NE 78
 
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MSU 64
TXSOU 71
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UF 63
WAKE 50
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ND 94
PURD 63
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SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
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AUB 89
XAV 88
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AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
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DAY 78
BU 62
 
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UNCW 66
ECU 54
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CLMB 82
HOF 77
 
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GMAS 86
IONA 81
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TOWS 53
LAS 67
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MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
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CCST 76
YALE 84
 
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PEPP 63
RICH 65
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MAR 58
STJOE 75
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KYST 71
TEXAM 64
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MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
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UMKC 104
INCWORD 110
 
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IDST 50
CALST 59
 
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NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
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SIUE 61
UWMIL 56
 
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TEX 78
LBSU 68
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TCU 88
TXSA 57
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ARK 85
SEMIZ 67
 
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NCOL 69
JVST 60
 
3rd OT
ARST 79
LEH 81
 
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NMST 67
NMU 69
 
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WASH 69
OKLA 67
 
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GRCN 81
STED 55
 
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WEBER 73
WLVRN 61
 
2nd
WVU 75
NCSU 66
 
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SDST 51
BST 41
 
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GONZ 51
CPSL 44
 
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PAC 62
FRES 56
 
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PORT 76
MNTST 49
 
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CSNO 56
TAMCC 62
 
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UTST 46
SDKST 56
 
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BYU 32
STAN 22
 
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UNLV
UTAH
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LOS 4
ARI 2
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CLB 3
CHI 2
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BUF 1
COL 5
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PIT 3
FLA 1
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CAR 2
NYR 3
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MON 4
OTT 1
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TOR 4
PHI 7
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NYI 3
TAM 1
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NJD 0
WAS 4
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MIN 5
NAS 6
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VAN 2
CAL 1
 
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SJS 0
STL 0
 
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WAS 27
PHI 24
4th
SFX 35
SDC 28