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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/12/13

Boston Red Sox (89-58) at Tampa Bay Rays (78-66)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Jake Peavy (R) (11-5) (4.011) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (R) (11-8) (5.038)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +102 / Boston Red Sox -112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, SunSports

The Boston Red Sox can move a step closer to locking up the East with another win at Tampa Bay.

These days it seems that if the Red Sox need runs, they get them or if pitching is needed, they get it. When both come together this team looks like a World Series contender but they are looking to win the American League East first. That might be coming soon after the Red Sox picked up a 7-3, ten inning win over Tampa Bay for their 9th in eleven contests. Ryan Dempster allowed one run in five frames with Brandon Workman giving up two to go to extra innings. Mike Napoli drove in two runs but the big blow was Mike Carp's grand Slam in the 10th. The Red Sox hand the ball to veteran Jake Peavy to keep the good times going against Tampa Bay. Peavy has been at the top of his game the past three times out where he has gone 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/12/13

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Every loss for Tampa Bay is crucial to both their American League East title hopes and the Wild Card. The Rays have been slumping at the worse possible time with Wednesday's loss saddling them with defeats in eight of eleven where runs have been very difficult to come by. That trend continued Wednesday and the pitching couldn't save the day with Alex Cobb giving up three runs over 5.2 innings of work before Roberto Hernandez gave up a grand slam in the 10th. The offense consisted of six hits and seven walks that saw James Loney homer in the 8th to send the game to extra innings. Tampa Bay hands the ball to Jeremy Hellickson who is given the task of controlling the heavy hitting Red Sox on Thursday. Helickson has had some solid stretches but is 11-8 with an ERA over five.

I don't think it's wise to over look past Hellickson who is always capable but a hot Peavy and an offense that is scoring at a good price is tough to pass over...

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