Back in Beantown
The Rays open their three-city, 10-day road trip here in Boston tonight, sending Scott Kazmir (5-4, 2.82 ERA against the Sox) to the mound as Tampa Bay hopes to extend their winning ways against the first-place Red Sox. Tonight's Boston lineup -- which is without Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz -- doesn't seem as formiddable, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said he's still worried about it.
There is a locker in Fenway's visiting clubhouse for Rocco Baldelli, but the injured Rays CF isn't here, but could arrive at some point during the series. Maddon said he didn't know what Baldelli's role would be, joking that he helping the trainers with taping ankles would be sufficient, but it's believed that Baldelli will at least work out with the team.
Also, B.J. Upton will return to centerfield (He was DH yesterday) after taking that foul ball off his left ankle Friday and Greg Norton gets a start at DH for Jonny Gomes, who is 1-for-18 for his career against Curt Schilling).
Both team's full lineup: