For starters, Rays at Orioles, to set the stage
UPDATE, 6:04: The Rays were gathered pretty much as a group in the clubhouse and the players lounge watching the Red Sox lose to the Blue Jays this afternoon, and they liked it, cheering loudly when the Jays finished it off. "It's very good when they happen to lose,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ... Jennings said he is fine - no injury issues from running into the wall last night - and Maddon said it was a planned day off, to give Jennings (hitting .138 over his last 14 games) a break and to keep Fuld involved. ... Alex Torres will be used in relief, giving the Rays five lefties in the bullpen as they go to Boston and New York. ... 1B Dan Johnson will be used, as expected, as a late-inning pinch-hitter, with Maddon, Johnson and everyone else noting his previous success against both the Red Sox and Yankees. ... Johnson got a call at 7 this morning and scrambled to catch a flight from his Minnesota home. ... Part of the reason he is here was the situation the Rays found themselves in at the end of Tuesday's game, as Maddon made the much questioned move of having Jose Lobaton pinch-hit with two outs in the ninth vs. RHP Jim Johnson. Maddon defended the move again today, saying he felt Lobaton was their best option because he wanted someone to get one before using Sam Fuld. ... Also, David Price said it was his decision to throw cutters on four of his five pitches to Jake Fox in the 7th inning last night, leading to the tying run. There was some questioning of his pitch selection (and even some surprise on the bench) but Price said the cutter was the pitch he "felt comfortable with.'' ... And LHP J.P. Howell said that while he was upset after giving up the two-run homer in the 8th he was not crying in the dugout as some watching have claimed.
UPDATE, 3:50: The Rays lineup without LF Desmond Jennings:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are getting ready to play the Orioles in what turns out to be a huge game as they need to win to keep pace with the Red Sox heading into the four-game series that starts Thursday at Fenway Park.
The Rays will start RHP Wade Davis, who came up huge for them in Friday's opener of the series with the Red Sox, against Baltimore's RHP Jeremy Guthrie.
The Rays will have reinforcements on hand, expanding their roster to 34, by adding 1B Dan Johnson and LHP Alex Torres.
Tonight's game is pivotal for the Rays as they need to stay within four games of the Red Sox, who played this afternoon against Toronto.
After the game, the Rays will sport their new letterman sweaters for the trip to Boston