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UPDATE, 6:03: Not much new from Maddon's pre-game: They still haven't decided, or want to say, if Hellickson is pitching Monday and Cobb Tuesday, or the other way around. ... Lobaton is expected to start on Saturday, though Shoppach could play Sunday night vs. Beckett. ... One key for McGee's return was further development of his breaking ball, a mix between slider and curve. ... Principal owner Stuart Sternberg is here, but didn't take questions today. .... Others on the field pre-game included Urban Meyer (the former UF coach and current ESPNer), Oil Can Boyd (former big-leaguer) and Tim McCarver (calling Saturday game for Fox).

UPDATE, 4:12: Rays lineup:
Damon dh
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Johnson ss
Fuld lf
Price p

Boston lineup:

 Ellsbury cf
 Pedroia 2b
Gonzalez 1b
Youkilis 3b
Ortiz dh
McDonald lf
Saltalamaccia c
Navarro lf
Scutaro ss
Miller p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to resume post-All-Star break play today against Boston, the first of a critical seven-game stretch against the Red Sox and Yankees.

LHP David Price will be on the mound for the Rays, against Boston LHP Andrew Miller.

The Rays are a season-high six games behind the Red Sox.


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