Pregame Notes: The Red Sox have won five straight and will play Tampa Bay for the fifth time in seven games. … The Rays have lost five in a row since opening the season by beating the Sox. … David Price beat the Rays on March 30, throwing seven shutout innings. The former Tampa Bay ace is 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) against the Rays. … Rookie Yonny Chirinos pitched four scoreless innings of relief against the Sox on Sunday. He allowed one hit, walked one, hit two and struck out three. He is expected to go only three or four innings as it’s a “bullpen day” for the Rays. … J.D. Martinez has gone 20 at-bats without a home run, 67 since the start of spring training.
– Peter Abraham
The Sox will open the gates at Fenway Park at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday for the home opener and asked fans to be in their seats at 1:15 p.m. for the ceremonies.
The players on both teams will be introduced before a unit from Hanscom Air Force Base presents the colors. R&B artist Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters will perform the national anthem.
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 134th Fighter Squadron of the Vermont Air National Guard are scheduled for a flyover.
Prior to the game, at 9 a.m., 44 Air Force recruits will have their swearing-in ceremony on the field.
Cora is excited for the home opener.
“My mom will be there, so that will be great. It’s going to be a special one,” he said. “And the way they played, it’s going to be great for the fans to see them finally after a great road trip . . . Thursday’s going to be very special.”
– Peter Abraham
Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (5-1)||RAYS (1-5)|
|Betts RF||Duffy 3B|
|Benintendi LF||Kiermaier CF|
|Ramirez 1B||Gomez RF|
|Martinez DH||Cron DH|
|Bogaerts SS||Ramos C|
|Devers 3B||Miller 1B|
|Nunez 2B||Hechavarria SS|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Robertson 2B|
|Vazquez C||Refsnyder LF|
Pitching: LHP David Price (1-0, 0.00).
Pitching: RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 0.00).