Red Sox and Rays both trying to bust out of AL East basement

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Jonny Gomes reacts after striking out this week against the Blue Jays. Credit: Getty Images

The Red Sox and Rays are catching each other at the right time this weekend if you are to believe that misery loves company.

As of Thursday afternoon, Boston and Tampa Bay owned the two longest losing streaks in the Majors as the Sox had dropped their previous six and the Rays had dropped their previous four. Both teams are in the basement of the AL East, looking up at the Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles, who are all currently over .500.

The Rays have had legitimate injury excuses for their early 2014 failures, as second baseman Ben Zobrist, pitcher Alex Cobb and pitcher Jeremy Hellickson have all spent time on the disabled list. In addition, Rays lefty Matt Moore will miss the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.


For the Red Sox, their issues of late have been twofold. They scored three total runs in three games while being swept by the Tigers last weekend. In Tuesday and Wednesday’s losses to the Blue Jays their bats were fine, scoring four runs in each game, but their pitching failed them. On Tuesday, Felix Doubront was tagged for five earned runs in 4.0 innings and on Wednesday Clay Buchholz was clipped for four earned runs in 4.2 innings. The bullpen did not fare much better as it allowed three runs combined in the two losses.

The Sox will play three consecutive day games over the long weekend as after Saturday [4 p.m., NESN] and Sunday’s [1:30 p.m., NESN] tilts in St. Petersburg they will take on the Braves in Atlanta on Memorial Day Monday [1 p.m., NESN].



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