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UPDATE, 7:25 The Rays were a little late in arriving at Fenway tonight, but looked smart in their decision to wait until Sunday to travel - the Sox left after the game and didn't get to the ballpark until about 7 a.m.

No major news from the media sessions, as manager Joe Maddon insisted they would stick with struggling starter Scott Kazmir in the rotation. "I'm not backing down,'' Maddon said.

They'll check with Dan Wheeler before Game 3 on Monday afternoon, but expect him to say he's ready to go back to work, despite throwing 48 pitches on Saturday. And Maddon said that although Fernando Perez gives him something to think about, he likely will stick with his plan to start Rocco Baldelli in rightfield and use Willy Aybar at DH against Sox lefty Jon Lester.

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Given the length and emotion invested in Saturday night's win, the Rays pushed their flight back to a little past noon and canceled their planned workout at Fenway.

Instead, manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey will hold media sessions starting at 6, and about a dozen players will be available for interviews in the clubhouse. Otherwise, the players have the night off to relax and get dinner out.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:41am]

    

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