Rays at Red Sox, with Price on the hill (and Ekstrom in the pen)
UPDATE, 6:12: Maddon reiterated that Jeff Niemann will stay in the rotation and make his next start, and sounded even more confident that he would be straightened out by then. ... Batting practice was optional today, and it looked like most of the playeres were out there, except for Crawford, Upton and Longoria. ... Ekstrom, who arrived during BP, will be used as a long reliever, with Sonnanstine unavailable for a few days and Hellickson still learning his way in relief. ... The Sox are still planning to use Clay Buchholz on three days' rest for the first time in his career on Wednesday, but the chatter is that if the Sox lose tonight they will instead start Tim Wakefield. Also, Scutaro and Lowrie flipped positions for tonight, with Scutaro at second and Lowrie at third.
UPDATE, 3:55: Rays lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays will try to snap their three-game losing streak and regain some momentum tonight with LHP David Price making his first career start at Fenway Park.
Price, who is 2-2, 3.81 in four starts against the Red Sox at the Trop, is tied for second in the AL with 16 wins. He has been on a pretty good roll, with more strikeouts than hits allowed in 10 of his last 13 starts.
The Rays made a move to bolster their bullpen this afternoon, calling up RHP Mike Ekstrom, who otherwise would have been in the playoffs with Triple-A Durham. With Andy Sonnanstine working extensively on Monday in relief of Jeff Niemann and Lance Cormier pitching in three games on the road trip, Ekstrom provides a needed extra arm.
For the fourth straight day, the Rays will seek their team-record 41st road win.
Also of note, and Greg Auman will have plenty on this over on the USF side of the web site, former Rays pitching coach Chuck Hernandez was hired as the pitching coach at USF.
Here is the Red Sox lineup: