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BOS@TB: Price fans seven over 7 1/3 innings of work

Monday's off-day couldn't have come at a better time for the streaking Rays. Now they have ace David Price on regular rest, and their five-game win streak, which started with two victories against the Red Sox, has its best chance to carry forward.

"I feel good," said Price, who gave up three runs in 7 1/3 innings against Boston in his most recent start, on Thursday, a 7-4 victory earned on B.J. Upton's walk-off homer. "It's good to be able to spend those five days like we're used to. I'm looking to go out there Tuesday and try to help us win."

Tuesday's game at Fenway Park is the start of six straight on the road for the Rays, who may well have to sneak into the playoffs on the last day of the season if they're going to make it all. Nine games remain scheduled.

Tampa Bay split a four-game series at home with Boston last week, and the Red Sox haven't done much since. They would have been a help to the Rays had they taken two of three from the Orioles, but they were only able to avoid a sweep with a 2-1 win on Sunday. That win ended a four-game losing streak for Boston.

"Everybody in this clubhouse has a positive outlook right now, and that's good," Price said. "We're just coming in here trying to win one game at a time. We've done a good job of that the last couple of days."

The American League Cy Young Award is on the line in the last two starts of the season for Price, who for a second straight time will be opposed by Boston's most consistent starter, righty Clay Buchholz.

Price has a chance to finish with the AL lead in ERA and wins; the last eight pitchers to have outright led or shared a lead in both categories have won the Cy Young Award. In Price's last 16 starts, starting with his June 19 outing at Washington, he is 10-1 with a 2.26 ERA, 110 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 111 1/3 innings. He's gone seven or more innings in 20 of his last 24 starts.

Buchholz held the Rays scoreless over seven innings opposite Price on Thursday. He's frequently had little to show for such starts, and he's winless in four of six starts this season when allowing one run or fewer in seven innings or more.

Buchholz has handled Tampa Bay well all season, with a 3.62 ERA in five starts. Only two other pitchers in Red Sox history have made six starts against the Rays in a season -- Curt Schilling (2006) and Tim Wakefield (2007). Buchholz's 2.52 ERA vs. Tampa Bay is second on the club's all-time list for pitchers with at least 50 innings, behind Pedro Martinez (1.99).

In 11 of Buchholz's 13 career starts against Tampa, he's given up two runs or fewer.

Rays: Vogt searching for first hit
Stephen Vogt got his first career start at catcher on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Toronto and went 0-for-2 before Jose Molina came on for the seventh inning.

"I just came in today, saw it on the board and got excited," said Vogt of how he found out he was starting.

Vogt is 0-for-21 in three career stints in the bigs; his two previous starts came as the designated hitter.

Red Sox: Ellsbury sits with "throwing issue"
Jacoby Ellsbury hasn't played since Thursday because of a nagging "throwing issue," according to manager Bobby Valentine.

Ellsbury was in the lineup on Sunday before being scratched.

Worth noting
• Red Sox right-hander John Lackey, who has spent the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, is slated to pitch two innings (up to 35 pitches) on Monday in an intrasquad game in Fort Myers, Fla.

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