It's almost hard to believe that when the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet for the first time Tuesday it will be a battle of the bottom two teams in the AL East, but that is the case.

John Lackey will start for the Sox. He is coming off an 11 strikeout performance against the Yankees. Lackey is 3-2 with a 4.22 ERA.

Lefty Erik Bedard gets the start for Tampa Bay (0-1  7.45). The Rays have three starters on the DL - Alex Cobb, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson.

The Sox will miss lefty David Price in this series.

 

EAST

W

L

PCT

GB

HOME

ROAD

RS

RA

DIFF

STRK

L10

NY Yankees

15

10

.600

-

8-4

7-6

107

115

-8

Won 2

6-4

Baltimore

12

12

.500

2.5

5-6

7-6

108

114

-6

Lost 1

5-5

Toronto

12

13

.480

3

5-7

7-6

113

114

-1

Won 1

4-6

Boston

12

14

.462

3.5

5-8

7-6

105

120

-15

Lost 1

5-5

Tampa Bay

11

14

.440

4

7-7

4-7

105

110

-5

Lost 1

4-6