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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, seeking seven

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September

UPDATE, 6:15: Maddon said Molina is still sore today but they hope to have him back on the field by the weekend in Chicago. ... OF Sam Fuld is feeling better and is available to pinch hit. ... Jennings is in right because of the greater expanse, and he said it shouldn't be that big of a deal. He was told yesterday and took some fly balls out there today.

UPDATE, 4:05: Rays lineup has a different look against LHP Lester, as Desmond Jennings is in RF, where there is more ground to cover, and Ben Francisco in LF. Also, Lobaton is catching.

Lineup:
Jennings rf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Keppinger dh
Pena 1b
Francisco lf
Roberts 2b
Lobaton c
Cobb p
BREAKING:

The Rays are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive and extend their winning streak to a season-high matching seven - or, as Joe Maddon likes to say now, 7 one-game winning streaks - tonight against the Red Sox.

RHP Alex Cobb, working on eight days' rest and admittedly uncomfortable doing so, will be on the mound for the Ray, and lefty Jon Lester for the Red Sox.

First pitch will be pushed back to 7:20, to allow time for a ceremony honored the all-time Fenway Park team, and there is rain in the forecast.

The Rays, who have eight games left, start the day 3  games behind the A's, who play at Texas, for the second wild-card and 3 1/2 behind the Orioles, who face Toronto. They are 5 behind the Yankees in the AL East.

One big question for the Rays today is the health of C Jose Molina, who left Tuesday's game in the sixth inning with a right quad strain. Molina wasn't to start tonight anyway, but the Rays were planning to use him for defense late in the game. He is officially day to day, but there was also a possibility he could be done for the rest of the regular season.

Cobb last pitched Sept. 17 vs. Boston, taking a hard-luck loss in which he allowed four runs (three earned) on only two hits.

Here is the Red Sox lineup:

Ciricaco 3b
Podsednik cf
Pedroia 2b
Ross rf
Loney 1b
Saltalamacchia c
Lavarnway dh
Nava lf
Iglesias ss
Lester p
 

[Last modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:39am]

    

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