Rainout remix: Shields and Niemann on Tuesday
With Sunday's game rained out, the Rays will move RHP James Shields to Tuesday's first game of the day-night doubleheader in Boston, and have RHP Jeff Niemann pitch the night game as planned.
They'll also stick with LHP David Price on Wednesday, meaning RHP Wade Davis (who was to work Tuesday's matinee) will be pushed back to Friday's home game against Seattle. Jeremy Hellickson will follow him and work Saturday.
Even with the reshuffle, the Rays won't need an extra starter. The only question will be whether to bring back Shields or Niemann for Sunday's game vs. Seattle with the other pitching Monday vs. Detroit.
The rotation thus looks like this:
Tuesday, at Boston, 1:05: James Shields vs. Jon Lester
Tuesday, at Boston, 7:10: Jeff Niemann vs. Erik Bedard
Wednesday, at Boston, 1:35: David Price vs. John Lackey
Friday, vs. Seattle, 7:10: Wade Davis vs. TBA
Saturday, vs. Seattle, 7:10: Jeremy Hellickson vs. TBA
Maddon acknowledged that the extended amount of time off at this time of the season is not necessarily a good thing, but noted that the Rays were able to work out a bit on Sunday at Yankee Stadium after the postponement was announced and before they left by train for Boston.
No makeup date was announced, but Maddon said he expects it to be a day-night doubleheader on either Sept. 20 or 21.
Though the Rays were hoping to win Sunday's game to improve their positioning in the postseason race, the postponement extends their chances anyway. With the July 8 makeup already scheduled for Sept. 22, the Rays will now play seven of their final 10 games against the Yankees - four in three days in New York (Sept. 20-22) and the final three at the Trop (Sept. 26-28).