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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, again



UPDATE, 1:01: Also, Maddon said he planned to play Brignac - who Sunday was washed out of his first start since coming back from the minors - today, so it wasn't because Sean Rodriguez needed a day off, though Maddon figured he was sore after being hit twice by pitches and playing both games. 

UPDATE, 12:40: Maddon said he went with Shoppach because they considered it a better matchup (even though Shoppach is 1-for-9 vs. Sox starter John Lackey) than Chirinos, and because of how well Shoppach is doing behind the plate. ... Maddon said the two complete games on Tuesday not only benefits the bullpen today, with with Sunday and Monday off, and Thursday as well, could serve to have a big impact over the rest of the season. ... Further info from Tuesday, Jeff Niemann tied the team record by winning his seventh straight decision. ... Not only was it the first time in the majors since 1993 (Milwaukee vs. Detroit) than a team threw two complete games in one day, it was the first time at Fenway Park against the Red Sox since 1969, when Cleveland's Luis Tiant and Sonny Seibert did it. The Sox did it to the Tigers in 1979, Dennis Eckersley and Mike Torrez.

Red Sox lineup:
Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Gonzalez dh
Youkilis 1b
Lowrie 3b
McDonald rf
Crawford lf
Saltalamacchia c
Aviles ss
Lackey p


UPDATE, 10:51: Rays lineup, with Shoppach behind the plate:

Jennings lf,
Damon dh,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Kotchman 1b,
Upton cf,
Joyce rf,
Brignac ss,
Shoppach c,
Price p

DEVELOPING: The Rays and Red Sox are - already - getting ready to play again here at Fenway Park, where the skies are blue and the sun bright.

The split of Tuesday's doubleheader left the Rays about where they started the day - 9 games behind Boston, 9 1/2 behind the first-place Yankees - though they can at least make it a winning road trip to New York and Boston with a win today.

David Price, coming off a strong start in New York, will be on the mound for the Rays. John Lackey, who has been on an impressive role himself, will be on the mound for the Red Sox.

Lineups when available.


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