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2085940 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-08-16 14:43:31.0 UTC 2011-08-16T10:43:31.000-04:00 content/starters-rays-red-sox-two-weather-permitting published 2011-09-15 04:15:15.0 UTC 2011-09-15T00:15:15.000-04:00 drupal 29560 UPDATE, 4:55: Ortiz is out of the Sox lineup again, with what is actually "right heel bursitis" so ex-Ray Carl Crawford will be the DH. Sox lineup: Ellsbury cf Lowrie ss Gonzalez 1b Pedroia 2b Reddick rf Crawford dh Aviles ss Varitek c McDonald lf Bedard p UPDATE, 4:14: James Shields called the 3-1 defeat in Tuesday's opener a "tough loss,'' and for good reason as he allowed only three hits, but all came in the third inning, including the Jacoby Ellsbury home run that made the difference. ... Maddon did decide to play Joyce in the nightcap, and Rodriguez's knee is well enough for him to start at short. Rays Game 2 lineup: Jennings lf Damon dh Longoria 3b Zobrist 2b Upton cf Kotchman 1b Rodriguez ss Joyce rf Chirinos c Niemann p UPDATE, 1:06: Cobb's surgery now set for Thursday. Also, best note of the day - today's is Don and Soot Zimmer's 60th wedding anniversary. Think about that. UPDATE, 12:24: The light rain seems to have slowed to a drizzle and field is being prepared so it would appears Game 1 will at least start on time. .. Maddon said he only planned to play Damon one game so decided to give him the night game and use the day as a chance to get Zobrist off his feet as the DH. ... And he chose Fuld over Joyce based on how he's been hitting and that the Rays' research favors him vs. Lester. ... Maddon said he's not sure what he will do in the second game yet since there is another lefty starting and that Joyce might not play then either. ... No update on RHP Alex Cobbb, whose surgery to remove a blockage remains delayed. And bullpen coach Bobby Ramos missed another trip and is back home in Miami for another test to determine the cause of his throat infection. Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury cf Pedroia 2b Gonzalez 1b Youkilis 3b Ortiz dh Crawford lf Saltalamacchia c Reddick rf Aviles ss Lester p UPDATE, 10:56: And a light rain is starting to fall already. A long day may be even longer. UPDATE, 10:50: The Rays lineup for the opener has a bit of a suprise, with Johnny Damon not in it and Sam Fuld hitting second in rightfield, with Ben Zobrist at the DH. Here's how it will look: Jennings lf Fuld rf Longoria 3b Zobrist dh Upton cf Kotchman 1b Rodriguez 2b Shoppach c Johnson ss Shields p DEVELOPING: After two days off, the Rays are eager to get back on the field, and will be there all day and night, with a split-doubleheader today at Fenway Park. But that's if the weather cooperates. Though it's not raining now, the forecasts call for showers later in the day, with the rain chance as high as 60 percent by mid-afternoon, then continuing at that rate or close to it until 8 or 9 p.m. So we'll see. The Rays will send two of their hottest pitchers to the mound - James Shields in the opener and Jeff Niemann in the nightcap. The Sox will start a pair of lefties that have traditionally been tough on the Rays, Jon Lester and newly acquired Erik Bedard. Marc Topkin rays Game Day Blog For starters, Rays at Red Sox for two - weather permitting templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/rays/2011/08/16/29560-starters-rays-red-sox-two-weather-permitting BlogArticle 2012-11-11 03:02:25.0 UTC 2012-11-10T22:02:25.000-05:00 UPDATE, 4:55: Ortiz is out of the Sox lineup again, with what is actually "right heel bursitis" so ex-Ray Carl Crawford will be the DH.Game Day BlogGame Day BlogMarc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 2272597 2016-04-09 19:28:04.0 UTC 4 Months Ago for-starters-rays-at-orioles-weather-permitting rays For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting BlogArticle 2290650 2016-08-23 18:46:31.0 UTC 6 Days Ago for-starters-rays-vs-red-sox-on-archer-day rays For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day BlogArticle 2267922 2016-03-04 12:41:27.0 UTC 6 Months Ago for-starters-rays-at-red-sox rays For starters, Rays at Red Sox BlogArticle <p><img class="ibimage" alt="fens1.jpg" width="623" height="467" src="/resources/images/blogs/rays/29558.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 4:55: </strong>Ortiz is out of the Sox lineup again, with what is actually &quot;right heel bursitis&quot; so ex-Ray Carl Crawford will be the DH.</p> <p>Sox lineup:<br /> Ellsbury cf<br /> Lowrie ss<br /> Gonzalez 1b<br /> Pedroia 2b<br /> Reddick rf<br /> Crawford dh<br /> Aviles ss<br /> Varitek c<br /> McDonald lf<br /> Bedard p<br /> <br /> <strong>UPDATE, 4:14:&nbsp;</strong>James Shields called the 3-1 defeat in Tuesday's opener a &quot;tough loss,'' and for good reason as he allowed only three hits, but all came in the third inning, including the Jacoby Ellsbury home run that made the difference. ... Maddon did decide to play Joyce in the nightcap, and Rodriguez's knee is well enough for him to start at short.</p> <p>Rays Game 2 lineup:<br /> Jennings lf<br /> Damon dh<br /> Longoria 3b<br /> Zobrist 2b<br /> Upton cf<br /> Kotchman 1b<br /> Rodriguez ss<br /> Joyce rf<br /> Chirinos c<br /> Niemann p</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 1:06:&nbsp;</strong>Cobb's surgery now set for Thursday. Also, best note of the day - today's is Don and Soot Zimmer's 60th wedding anniversary. Think about that.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 12:24: </strong>The light rain seems to have slowed to&nbsp;a drizzle and field is being prepared so it would appears Game 1 will at least start on time. .. Maddon said he only planned to play Damon one game so decided to give him the night game and use the day as a chance to get Zobrist off his feet as the DH. ... And he chose Fuld over Joyce based on how he's been hitting and that the Rays' research favors him vs. Lester. ... Maddon said he's not sure what he will do in the second game yet since there is another lefty starting and that Joyce might not play then either. ... No update on RHP&nbsp;Alex Cobbb, whose surgery to remove a blockage remains delayed. And bullpen coach Bobby&nbsp;Ramos&nbsp;missed another trip and is back&nbsp;home in Miami for another test to determine the cause of his throat&nbsp;infection.</p> <p>Red Sox lineup:<br /> Ellsbury cf<br /> Pedroia 2b<br /> Gonzalez 1b<br /> Youkilis 3b<br /> Ortiz&nbsp;dh<br /> Crawford lf<br /> Saltalamacchia c<br /> Reddick rf<br /> Aviles ss<br /> Lester p<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 10:56:</strong> And a light rain is starting to fall already. A long day may be even longer.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE, 10:50:</strong> The Rays lineup for the opener has a bit of a suprise, with Johnny Damon not in it and Sam Fuld hitting second in rightfield, with Ben Zobrist at the DH.</p> <p>Here's how it will look:</p> <p>Jennings lf<br /> Fuld rf<br /> Longoria 3b<br /> Zobrist dh<br /> Upton cf<br /> Kotchman 1b<br /> Rodriguez 2b<br /> Shoppach c<br /> Johnson ss<br /> Shields p</p> <p><strong>DEVELOPING</strong>:&nbsp;After two days off, the Rays are eager to get back on the field, and will be there all day and night, with a split-doubleheader today at Fenway Park. But that's if the weather cooperates. Though it's not raining now, the forecasts call for showers later in the day, with the rain chance as high as 60 percent by mid-afternoon, then continuing at that rate or close to it until 8 or 9 p.m. So we'll see.</p> <p>The Rays will send two of their hottest pitchers to the mound - James Shields in the opener and Jeff Niemann in the nightcap. The Sox will start a pair of lefties that have traditionally been tough on the Rays, Jon Lester and newly acquired Erik Bedard.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:50:52