BALTIMORE - Three thoughts from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays on Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.:
1) Familiar problems at the plate.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Last season, the Red Sox often couldn't collect a big base hit when they needed it most. This week, that problem has returned in a big way.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz couldn't be blamed for this one.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This time the issue wasn't the starting pitching.
Put the blame on a punchless offense and a leaky bullpen.