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For starters, Rays-Mets and rain and hurry-up baseball



UPDATE, 4:06: Looks like there will be baseball, and the game will start on time. The question is how long they will play.

UPDATE, 3:17: The word is the Mets are determined to start play, and that there is at least a two-hour window before the heavier rains hit so the grounds crew is taking off the tarp. No word yet on an official start time, and you can assume that with Fox planning to send this game to 72 percent of the country there is some pressure from them to get it started as close to 4:10 as possible.

The forecast, however, is not good. "I'm looking at the weather report and there's 100 percent chance of rain,'' manager Joe Maddon said a little while ago. "But it gets better - by 6 o'clock it goes down to 90. And all the way until 11.''

So what this sounds like is speed baseball - the Mets like their chances with Johan Santana on the mound and figure they have a good chance to catch an early lead and get through the required five innings and see what happens.

NEWS: The forecast is not very promising, with light rain already falling, the skies clouded over and the tarp on, but the Rays and Mets are here at Citi Field and preparing as if today's game will be played.

The Rays lineup, if they get to face Johan Santana today:

Upton, cf
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Zobrist, 2b
Bartlett, ss
Kapler, rf
Hernandez, c
Shields, p

And for the Mets:

Cora, ss
Murphy, 1b
Beltran, cf
Wright, 3b
Church, rf
Reed, lf
Santos, c
Castillo, 2b
Santana, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:48am]


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