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Rainy night ....

Heavy rain has been falling since late afternoon, which has pushed back the start of Friday night's game indefinitely. Red Sox officials say they expect the game to be played.

Manager Joe Maddon made a concession against Boston lefthander David Wells, dropping struggling Aubrey Huff down to sixth in the order and Travis Lee to eighth.

LHP Casey Fossum said his strained left groin felt much better on Friday and that he would test it in a bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well, he said it is possible he could make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday.

2B Jorge Cantu's return from the disabled list appears likely to be pushed back until at least June 5 as the Rays want to send him on a week-long rehab assignment to Double-A Montgomery starting Monday. Their primary concern is making sure he is ready to compete at the big-league level having been out for more than a month.

RHP Seth McClung on Saturday makes his first start since Monday's incident in Toronto, which he was criticized for poor preparation when he was late for his pre-game warmup. McClung said he learned from the experience, and pitching coach Mike Butcher agreed.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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