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The next game the Rays play might be Saturday afternoon.
Rain is forecast to start falling in Baltimore by early evening, and once it starts it may not stop for days, following the Rays up the east coast to New York, where they are scheduled to open a four-game series on Friday night.
The Rays will be reporting to Camden Yards shortly, but could find themselves leaving early for New York. At 2:30, it was 50 degrees in Baltimore with gray skies and rain chances at 50 percent starting at 4 p.m. and increasing to 80 percent by the scheduled 7:05 first pitch.
If there is a rainout or two, you can be sure the Rays won't be happy mulling over Wednesday's game, when they were six out from just their second 2-0 start in franchise history and two old issues surface - ineffective relief work and former teammate Aubrey Huff, who knocked in Baltimore's tying and go-ahead run.
The Rays had gotten five quick outs from Gary Glover and Dan Wheeler when manager Joe Maddon went to Al Reyes for the eighth. He had had lefty specialist Trever Miller up earlier, but said he was going to stick with Reyes - last year's closer who has been moved to a setup role - for the full inning against righties or lefties.
"Al had 26 saves last year and I felt good about him going after the full eighth inning regardless of who was hitting,'' Maddon said.
Reyes said he felt fine and wasn't rusty, just ineffective in getting a few of his pitches where he wanted them, starting with his four-pitch walk to leadoff man Melvin Mora.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:34am]

    

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