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For starters, Rays at Red Sox for two - weather permitting

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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.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:15am]

    

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