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Rays at Red Sox, seeking the series



UPDATE, 5:59: Maddon admits it was something of a guess chosing Hawpe over Johnson at DH against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, but wanted to give it a try. ... They hadn't decided if Zobrist would bat right- or left-handed against Wakefield. ... Maddon said Jeff Niemann's bullpen session went very well and he was confident of improvement for his next start Sunday. ... Maddon also said RHP Jeremy Hellickson's troubles in relief may be as much an issue of infrequent work, and that they would try to find  a balance.

UPDATE, 3:52: Rays lineup includes Hawpe today at DH:
Jaso c
Zobrist 2b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Hawpe dh
Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Garza p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it two straight and win the series in the last meeting of the season with the Red Sox tonight, and they'll have Matt Garza on the mound.

Garza is on an impressive roll, having gone 3-0, 0.99 in his last four starts.

The Rays are coming off a big night in which they won their team-record 41st road game and set season highs with 14 runs and five home runs. It was the 11th time in franchise history they hit five or more homers, and the 12 they hit over their last four games are their most in nearly two years, since also hitting 12 over four games in September 2008.

With a win tonight, the Rays will win their team record 14th road series of the season.

And looking ahead to next week's series with the Yankees at the Trop, it appears there will be a dazzling opening matchup between leading Cy Young award candidates David Price and CC Sabathia.

Here is the Red Sox lineup, with Tim Wakefield starting ahead of ace Clay Buchholz:

Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Kalish CF
Reddick LF
Hall 2B
Anderson 1B
Wakefield p


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