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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, with a chill in the air



UPDATE, 6:06: Beckett's domination of the Rays - he has allowed two hits and no runs in 17 innings over two starts this season - was indeed the reason Maddon changed the lineup, as much to drop Zobrist down as provide some protection for No. 3-hitter Evan Longoria by moving Kotchman up. Maddon's concern was that otherwise Beckett would pitch around Longoria to get to Zobrist. ... OF Sam Fuld had an MRI on his sore right wrist, but didn't know what the outcome was. He said he felt a little better, though Maddon said he would not be available to hit tonight; he can pinch run and play defense. ... INF Sean Rodriguez has been bothered the last two days by a sore lower back, but is receiving treatment and hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday against lefty Jon Lester.

UPDATE, 3:43: The Rays has a slightly different look, with Ben Zobrist, and his 1-for-16 career mark against Sox starter Josh Beckett, dropped to 6th in the order. Casey Kotchman (and his 6-for-22 w/a homer) moves into the cleanup spot.

Rays lineup:
Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Longoria 3b,
Kotchman 1b,
Damon dh,
Zobrist 2b,
Joyce rf,
Jaso c,
Brignac ss,
Shields p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to carry over the momentum from Thursday's win and cut the Red Sox's wild-card lead to two games tonight.

The Rays feel they will have the right man on the mound in RHP James Shields, who talked openly Thursday about looking forward to living up to his "Big Game" nickname. The Sox have one of their best, too, in RHP Josh Beckett, who is coming back after missing his last start due to an ankle sprain.

The Red Sox are without 3B Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday's game. He had been out with hip and sports hernia issues.

Boston lineup:
Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Gonzalez 1b
Ortiz dh
Reddick rf
Scutaro ss
Crawford lf
Varitek c
Aviles 3b
Beckett p


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