For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox, looking to build
UPDATE, 5:24: Rays pitchers go into tonight's game 10 strikeouts shy of tying the AL record for a season, currently held by the 2001 Yankees at 1,266. The Rays have 1,256, and both Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey said it will be accomplishment to break the record, and a testament to the power, youth and health of their pitching staff.
UPDATE, 5:21: Longoria is at third base again and the Rays lineup is basically the same, though with Matt Joyce moved up given past success vs. Buchholz.
BREAKING: With the Orioles winning yet another extra-inning game (their 15th straight), the Rays start play today 5 1/2 games behind the A's for the second wild-card spot, and 6 1/2 behind the AL-East leading Yankees, with 13 to play.
After beating Boston 13-3 last night, the Rays feel like they have a chance to get back into the race, but acknowledge that it's going to pretty much take them running the table, and getting help. They need their offense to stay productive, and they'll need to maintain their quality strating pitching.
The ball tonight is in the left hand of David Price, who leads the majors with a 2.54 ERA and shares the AL lead with 18 wins.
The Sox, who last night officially notched their first losing season since 1997, are starting RHP Clay Buchholz.
The Rays are reporting late again, with manager Joe Maddon giving them the freedom to arrive pretty much whenever they want as long as they are dressed and ready by 6 p.m. for the 7:10 game.
Red Sox lineup: