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For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox, with time waning



UPDATE, 5:57: Maddon said there are several reasons for the season-long offensive struggles, but the work of hitting coach Derek Shelton is not one, and their lack of production is "not a reflection on him whatsoever.'' ... Maddon acknowledged they are not playing well overall and said they obviously are running out of time to make the playoffs: "There is still a glimmer of hope, possibly.'' ... No update on the status of OF Sam Fuld, who remains day to day with a right hamstring strain.

Red Sox lineup:
Ciriaco 3b
Ellsbury cf
Pedroia 2b
Ross rf
Loney 1b
Saltalamacchia dh
Lavarnway c
Nava lf
Iglesias ss
Matsuzaka p

UPDATE, 4:00: Longoria is back at 3B with Scott at DH.

Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Scott dh
Keppinger 2b
Joyce rf
Pena 1b
Molina c
Archer p


Now six games - and three teams - out of the second wild-card spot, the Rays take whatever slim playoff chances they have left out onto the field tonight against the Red Sox.

The Rays will start rookie RHP Chris Archer, dropping him into the rotation to provide an extra day's rest for LHP David Price, and RHP James Shields. Archer, impressive thus far, is making just his fourth major-league start.

The Sox are starting veteran RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, and while the numbers look good for the Rays, they felt the same way going into the first two games of this series against Aaron Cook and Felix Doubront, and lost both of those games.

Evan Longoria is expected to be at third base today for the Rays, and most of the lefties should be in the lineup against Dice-K.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Friday, October 19, 2012 12:39am]


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