For starters, Rays at Red Sox (again, and then again)

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UPDATE, 6:53: Tarp is off, field is being readied, looks like Friday's game will resume on time, and Saturday's should be played after that, as heavier rains aren't expected until 1 a.m. or later.

UPDATE, 6:08: The Sox say they will be without closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was at an area hospital attending to the 5:49 p.m. birth of his son, Gunner Robert. The Sox say  he will not be at Fenway Park at all tonight, and his role will be filled by Daniel Bard. What's interesting is that Papelbon is the pitcher of record in the suspended game that will be resumed first.

UPDATE, 5:56: Some potential bad news on the injury front, as the Rays sent C Kelly Shoppach back to St. Petersburg for "further evaluation" on his right knee and he will see Dr. Koco Eaton on Monday with the Rays saying surgery on his right knee is "a possibility. And OF Matt Joyce was recalled from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham given a lack of progress on his right elbow strain, and will work in St. Petersburg.

Manager Joe Maddon said he hadn't heard much from Hoodie Nation after MLB's decision to ban him from wearing his hoodie over his uniform, but did say he hoped to hear from New England's most famous hoodie-wearer, Pats coach Bill Belichick, in support.

UPDATE, 4:55: It's cold and gray but still relatively dry, so for now the games are on. Here's one twist: The Rays started Friday's game all wearing No. 42, but will finish it tonight in their regular road jerseys and numbers.

The weather will be the main story line again today as the Rays and Red Sox look (hope) to finish Friday's game and then play Saturday's. The forecast has actually improved - at 3:15 it actually was not raining on the Fenway Park field - but there will be uncertainty throughout the afternoon and evening.

The forecast has actually improved, with the highest chance of rain between now and 9 p.m. only 35 percent, though it does start to get worse then.

Whenenver Friday's game resumes, it will be 1-1 with the Sox coming up for the bottom of the 10th   9th ,  with David Ortiz set to lead off and Lance Cormier pitching for the Rays - though both could be subject to change. Ortiz told Boston reporters he was disappointed the game was called when it was on Friday. "I got sad,'' he said. "I was ready to hit a walkoff.''

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