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For starters, Rays at Red Sox

UPDATE, 6:11: Maddon's most interesting decision was the alignment of his infielders, and he said be basically did it this way because Rodriguez is a better defensive player than Sutton and with Cobb, a ground-ball pitcher, on the mound he liked the idea of his better defense up the middle. Also, the Sox have five hitters who will swing lefthanded, and with Cobb's change-up a key pitch, it seems it could be a busier day at second. As for not having Rodriguez at short and Johnson at second, Maddon said he didn't want to move Johnson, who has been playing well at short.

Red Sox lineup:
Aviles ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Gonzalez 1b
Youkilis 3b
Saltalamacchia c
Nava lf
Byrd rf
Podsednik cf
Lester p
 

BREAKING: The Rays have shed their nerd gear and are set to take on the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park.

Neither Hideki Matsui, still playing into form at Triple-A Durham, nor Brandon Allen, who was eligible to come off the DL, were activated today, so the Rays have the same roster as they did on Wednesday.

RHP Alex Cobb, who was born in Boston and grew up a Red Sox fan, will be on the mound for the Rays against Sox lefty Jon Lester.

The Rays kept 1B Carlos Pena atop the batting order, and have Sean Rodriguez at second today and Drew Sutton at third, which is a little bit interesting. Here is the Rays lineup:

Pena 1b,
Upton cf,
Scott dh,
Zobrist rf,
Joyce lf,
S-Rod 2b,
Sutton 3b,
Gimenez c,
Johnson ss,
Cobb p

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