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Game -8: Red Sox Look To End Five-Game Skid As They Host The Rays

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Ok, I know it's only Spring Training and all, but going winless in their last five games isn't a good sign for the Red Sox in my opinion.  Boston has dropped games to the Rays, Tigers, Pirates, Cardinals, and Phillies.  Hopefully they can get something going with just eight games remaining.

Tonight, the Red Sox look to get their first win in five days as they host their division rival Tampa Bay Rays at City of Palms Park.  They are doing so with a very intriguing, Opening Day like lineup:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Carl Crawford, LF

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

6. David Ortiz, DH

7. J.D. Drew, RF

8. Jason Varitek, C

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

On the mound for the Red Sox will be right hander John Lackey, who has only surrendered three earned runs in just over 15 innings of Spring Training work.  Relieving Lackey will be Bobby Jenks, Dennys Reyes, Randy Williams, and Brandon Duckworth 

As for what Lackey and company will have to face, the Rays have put together a very intersting and jumbled lineup (SPOILER ALERT: Manny's playing in the field):

1. Ben Zobrist, 1B

2. Matt Joyce, RF

3. Evan Longoria, 3B

4. Manny Ramirez, LF

5. Dan Johnson, DH

6. B.J. Upton, CF

7. Reid Brignac, SS

8. Sean Rodriguez, 2B

9. Jose Labaton, C

On the mound for the Rays will the very talented left hander David Price, who could have some fun with this predominantly left-handed hitting Red Sox lineup.  Relieving Price will be Cesar Cabral, R.J. Swindle, and Corey Wade.

You can listen to the broadcast on 850 WEEI AM if your in Boston or if you have MLB Gameday Audio.

Go Sox!