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For starters, Rays-Red Sox, w/ Zobrist in center, red caps, and wet grounds



UPDATE, 7:04: Surprisingly, it appears this game will start on time.

UPDATE, 6:41: And now they're putting the tarp back on. And off again.

UPDATE, 6:39: Skies are still ominous, but rain has mostly stopped and they are taking the tarp off.

UPDATE, 6:13: So much for karma - the Rays are supposed to wear red caps tonight as part of the 9-11 remembrance even though they are playing the Red Sox. The Rays thus far are 0-4 in the red caps, losing on Memorial Day in Cleveland and swept in Texas on July 4th weekend.

UPDATE, 6:08: It's been raining here at Fenway, it's still raining, the forecast is for more rain as the night goes on, but the gates are open, the hot dogs and beer are being sold and no word on any potential delay or postponement. If the game were rained out, a day-night DH on Saturday would seem possible.

Upton likely won't play at least until Monday in Baltimore, if then, manager Joe Maddon said, as the Rays want to make sure his recently sprained left ankle is strong enough. Maddon acknowledged that it didn't look good when Upton coasted after several balls in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and then was removed from the game, but said it was purely a decision based on Upton's ankle.

Maddon also said he doesn't plan any changes in the way he uses the bullpen despite the recent struggles.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are hoping to snap their longest in two years eight-game losing streak tonight at Fenway Park, where they'd hoped to be playing for higher stakes. They also may have to beat the rain, as the forecast calls for an 85 percent chance of rain over the next couple hours.

B.J. Upton is, as expected, out of the lineup, as Ben Zobrist is in center.

Here is their lineup against Sox lefty Jon Lester:

Bartlett, ss
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Zobrist, cf
Burrell, dh
Aybar, 1b
Kapler, rf
Iwamura, 2b
Shields, p

And for the Red Sox:
Ellsbury, cf
Pedroia, 2b
Martinez, c
Youkilis, 1b
Ortiz, dh
Bay, lf
Lowell, 3b
Drew, rf
Gonzalez, ss
Lester, p

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