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UPDATE, 5:24: Longoria said he feels good today, that he needed a day to rest his legs, and expects to play the remaining 14 games. ... Maddon said he liked the idea of the all right-handed lineup against Doubront. ... OF Sam Fuld remains out due to his right hamstring strain, but is hopeful of returning before the end of the season. Maddon said they had not talked about calling anyone else up. ... Video highlights of Game 1 of last year's playoffs were playing on the clubhouse TVs today, a motivational ploy by Maddon so the players "get the feeling" about the playoffs and want it again. ... Alex Cobb said as far as he was concerned the incident with Jose Molina was over, though they did not talk today. Maddon also dismissed it as nothing to be concerned about. Molina did not join the team on the field for stretching or batting practice, though Maddon said that was unrelated to the incident and not a big deal because BP is not mandatory.

UPDATE, 4:14: Longoria is back in the Rays lineup as the DH and said he expects to play the remaining 14 games after today.

Rays lineup:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria DH
Keppinger 1b
Francisco rf
Roberts 2b
Gimenez c
Rodriguez 3b
Hellickson p

BREAKING: With their remaining games dwindling, the Rays will try again tonight to put together some kind of push as they start the day five games behind the Orioles for the second wild-card spot, with 15 to play.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who gave the Rays a solid, though abbreviated, outing in Baltimore last week will be on the mound against Boston lefty Felix Doubront.

Evan Longoria is expected to be back in the lineup tonight after sitting out Monday's game due to his legs feeling heavy.

Another topic for further discussion today will be the incident in the dugout between Jose Molina and Alex Cobb.

With the Rays drawing only 11,722, Longoria appealed to the fans on Twitter today: Only a few home games left and the race isn't over! Come support us! #Rays #162strong

Red Sox lineup:

Ciriaco 3b
Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Ross rf
Loney 1b
Saltalamacchia c
Lavarnway dh
Podsednik lf
Iglesias ss
Doubront p

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