Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 04/01/2018 13:10 EDT, Score: 2 - 1

Money Line: +100 Tampa Bay

Sportsbook: TopBet

Result: Loss

The Tampa Bay Rays won the season opener against the Red Sox 6-4. They've lost back-to-back games since, but both by just one run. I like the Rays to salvage a split of this four-game series with a win Sunday afternoon.

Jacob Faria will take the ball for the Rays. The 24 year old right-hander held the Red Sox to one run on four hits through six innings in his lone start against them last season and added three scoreless innings in a relief outing for a career ERA of 1.00 vs. Boston. Current Red Sox are batting .103 over 29 at bats against him.

Boston turns to 29-year-old right-hander Hector Velazquez who had plenty of success as a reliever last year, but he was 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA in his three starts. Overall Velazquez tossed 11 scoreless innings home at Fenway Park but he allowed eight runs on 15 hits (four homers) in 13 2/3 frames on the road.

8* play on Tampa Bay Rays

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