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For starters, Rays-Red Sox, and, yep, rain - new start time, 9:05, or 9:15



UPDATE, 9:15: Okay, and there's the first pitch.

UPDATE, 9:10: Ok, the game is really going to start. Umps are on the field, lineup cards being exchanged.

UPDATE, 8:55: Several Rays are in the outfield warming up, so they must think is going to happen too.

UPDATE, 8:36: And now the scoreboard says the start time will be 9:15. Or not.

UPDATE, 8:33: It's like a bizarro universe, now the tarp is coming off again so they can continue working on the field. And Beckett, who normally takes more than a half hour to warm up, just came back out.

UPDATE, 8:27: Now they are putting the tarp back on. And Josh Beckett, who had started his extensive on-field warmup, came back in and went inside.

UPDATE, 8:24: The new start time is 9:05. Not sure how to explain this, but they had the tarp on for about an hour when it wasn't raining, now that it started to rain they took off the tarp to groom the field. Huh? Yes.

UPDATE, 7:05: The Sox just made an ominous announcement - the game will be delayed, details to come.

UPDATE, 7:01: There's been no official word, but it doesn't look like this game is going to start anyitime soon since the tarp is still on and neither starting pitcher has gone out to warm up. So settle in, it may be a long night.

UPDATE, 6:20: Manager Joe Maddon said he's heard "nothing specific" about the weather or the plans for tonight, but the rumor going around the clubhouses was that the Red Sox want to get the game in tonight and are willing to stick around as long, and as late, as necessary.

Maddon also was much more cautious about Upton potentially returning, saying he would wait until seeing him run on Sunday before deciding.


UPDATE, 4:30: CF B.J. Upton said today his sprained left ankle is "feeling a lot better today" and he "probably" will play in at least one of the games in Sunday's DH.

Also, Willy Aybar is at first tonight and Dioner Navarro behind the plate against RH Josh Beckett.

And the forecast continues to look ominous, with a 75 percent chance of rain at the scheduled 7 p.m. start time.

DEVELOPING: The Rays will try again tonight to beat the Red Sox and snap their season-high 8-game losing streak and to beat the rain that has been falling again much of the day here in Boston after forcing Friday's game to be postponed.

There is light rain falling now, and the forecast gets up to an 80 percent chance by early evening, with some rain expected throughout the night.

The teams are already playing a doubleheader on Sunday, with start times of noon and 5.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Zobrist rf
Burrell dh
Aybar 1b
Iwamura 2b
Navarro c
Perez cf
Davis c

Here is the Sox lineup:
Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2B
Martinez c
Youkilis 3b
Ortiz dh
Bay lf
Drew rf
Varitek c
Gonzalez ss
Beckett p

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