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For starters, Rays at Red Sox, seeking six straight



UPDATE, 6:05: The Rays changed their rotation for the Chicago series, moving Jeremy Hellickson up to Friday and Matt Moore back to Saturday. Doing so gives the struggling Moore an extra day's rest, and also sets Hellickson up to pitch the season finale on Oct. 3. Moore would be lined up for a potential tiebreaker game on Oct. 4. ... Maddon said he is riding Molina behind the plate so often as much for his pitch-calling and improved throwing as how he matches up offensively .. Jeff Niemann, out with an inflamed rotator cuff, threw from a distance of 90 feet and made some pitches on flat ground and said he continued to make progress.

UPDATE, 3:45: Evan Longoria is back at third base, even after a travel day, for the Rays tonight, and Jose Molina is back behind the plate, the 17th consecutive game he will appear in.

Rays lineup:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Scott dh
Keppinger 2b
Joyce rf
Pena 1b
Molina c
Price p

Red Sox lineup:

Ciriaco dh
Nava lf
Pedroia 2b
Ross rf
Gomez 1b
Lavarnway c
Valencia 3b
Lin cf
Iglesias ss
Buchholz p


BREAKING: The Rays are looking to extend their winning streak to six games tonight and keep alive their bid to get back to the playoffs as they take on the Red Sox in Boston.

LHP David Price will be on the mound against RHP Clay Buchholz, who shut the Rays down last week at the Trop. Price, who leads the majors in ERA is seeking his 19th win, which would match Jered Weaver for most in the AL.

The start of the game will be pushed back to around 7:20 due to festivities honoring the 2004 Red Sox championship team. (If you were wondering, eighth anniversary gifts should be either bronze or pottery.)

The Rays start the day three games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot, 4 1/2  behind the Orioles for the top spot and six behind the AL East leading Yankees. The Rays are also behind the Angels in the wild-card race.

The A's, who are 2-5 on their current roadtrip, play again at Texas tonight. The Orioles host the Blue Jays, the Angels host the Mariners and the Yankees are at Minnesota.

The Rays have won their last five, though split a four-game series with the Sox last week.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:39am]


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