For starters, Rays at Red Sox, in the sunshine

UPDATE, 12:34: Maddon said the lineup was a result of wanting to get Rhymes into a game, and wanting to give Elliot Johnson a day off, and, thirdly, to give Sean Rodriguez a game at shortstop as he's been playing third and second. ... After being told of Vanderbilt's triple steal against the Gators on Saturday, Maddon seemed rather intrigued about the specifics and said it was "food for thought.'' ... Per the Rays, Saturday's homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the first walkoff pinch-hit homer they've allowed in 15 seasons of play. ... Maddon said there was no specific update on the status of Hideki Matsui, who is hitting .171 at Triple-A Durham after going 0-for-4 last night except that he is "getting closer" to joining the Rays. ... The Rays starting pitchers took batting practice at Fenway, with James Shields claiming victory with about 10 home runs, and reliever Wade Davis joined them. Davis could be used as a pinch-hitter, or get to hit while pitching, during upcoming interleague play.

BREAKING: After two late nights of drama, the Rays and Red Sox play the third and final game of their series this afternoon, before a national TBS audience.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound for the Rays and RHP Clay Buchholz for the Sox.

After Friday's benches- and bullpens-clearing altercation, the teams played a crisp incident-free game on Saturday, the Sox coming back to win on a two-run walkoff homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia off Rays closer Fernando Rodney.

Here are today's lineups:

RAYS
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Joyce lf
Zobrist rf
Scott dh
S-Rod ss
Sutton 3b
Rhymes 2b
Gimenez c
Hellickson p

RED SOX
Aviles ss
Pedroia 2b
Ortiz dh
Youkilis 1b
Gonzalez rf
Saltalamacchia c
Middlebrooks 3b
Nava lf
Podsednik cf
Buchholz p

 

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