Sunday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: David Price vs. Jake Odorizzi

July 10, 2016 - 4:48 am
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The Red Sox will call upon David Price while the Rays will use right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Sunday afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break. Price is 8-6 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.229 WHIP in 18 starts this year. In his last start on Tuesday, Price pitched eight innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in a 7-2 loss to the Rangers. "There's nothing positive to point at right now. Threw 50 pitches through two, still went eight, we still lost. It doesn't matter. I've got to be better. That's why they brought me here. I'm not doing it right now," Price said. In that start, Price gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game to Shin-Soo Choo. Seven of the 16 home runs Price has given up this year have come on the first pitch to a batter. Against the Rays, Price's original team, the 30-year-old is 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA and 1.276 WHIP. Price's last start against Tampa Bay came on June 29. Price went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, nine hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts. Price also faced the Rays on April 21. That start was Price's worst of the season. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits (two home runs) and two walks with five strikeouts. Odorizzi is 3-4 in 18 starts this year with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP. The Rays lost 13-5 in Odorizzi's last start on Tuesday against the Angels. Odorizzi lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. "I place the blame on me. It's my fault," Odorizzi said. "[The Rays batters] did their job, I didn't do my job. Nobody is more frustrated than me with my performance. Not just tonight, but this entire year. It's not me." Odorizzi has faced the Sox nine times in his career, going 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.253 WHIP. He faced the Sox (and Price) in April. The 26-year-old right-hander threw four innings, giving up five runs, eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Rays vs. Price (LHP) Logan Forsythe (15 plate appearances): .286 AVG./.267 OBP/.357 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Brandon Guyer (15): .308/.400/.769, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Evan Longoria (15): .200/.200/.533: 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Brad Miller (14): .231/.286/.385, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Curt Casali (11): .545/.545/1.4555, 1 double, 3 HR, 5 RBIs and 3 strikeouts Logan Morrison (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Tim Beckham is 1-for-8 with 1 RBI and 5 strikeouts. Steven Souza is 2-for-8 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 3 strikeouts. Nick Franklin is 2-for-7 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 2 strikeouts. Oswaldo Arcia is 0-for-6 with 4 strikeouts. Hank Conger is 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 strikeout. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP) Xander Bogaerts (22 plate appearances): .438 AVG./.545 OBP/.750 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (21): .150/.190/.200, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (16): .267/.250/.667, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (16): .313/.313/.563, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Mookie Betts (15): .250/.400/.333, 1 double, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-8 with 3 strikeouts. Sandy Leon is 0-for-4 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs Travis Shaw is 3-for-5 with 1 double. Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-3. Bryce Brentz is 2-for-2 with 1 double